- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s chief justice and two dozen other current and former state judges say an outside group’s attacks on a district judge running for Supreme Court could threaten the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2dVh4CY ) the letter signed by Chief Justice Mike McGrath and the other judges says an ad attacking District Judge Dirk Sandefur for being soft on crime is untrue, misleading and unfair.

A political action committee called Stop Set ‘Em Free Sandefur produced the ad that criticizes sentences Sandefur handed down in three criminal cases as being too light.

Sandefur is campaigning against University of Montana adjunct law professor Kristen Juras to replace Justice Patricia Cotter on the Montana Supreme Court.

Separately, Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice said he is supporting Juras in the election.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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