PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION: Stay pending appeal in judicial political endorsement case denied… Lovell.
Sanders Co. Republican Central Committee seeks a stay pending interlocutory appeal of this Court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against the MCA 13-35-231 prohibition against political parties endorsing judicial candidates, on grounds of economy.
In the strikingly similar Renne (US 1991) the USSC stated: “The free speech issues argued in the briefs filed here have fundamental and far-reaching import. For that very reason, we cannot decide the case based upon the amorphous and illdefined factual record presented to us.” This case is set for trial 9/25/12. After the issues are tried and a well-developed record exists, an appeal may follow and complete relief be granted. This is judicial economy. The issues are significant and deserve determination based on a complete record. Motion to stay denied.
Sanders Co. Republican Central Committee v. Bullock and Murry, 39 MFR 498, 9/7/12.
Matthew Monforton, Bozeman, for the Committee: Asst. AGs Michael Black & Andrew Huff; MTLA members Amy Eddy (Bottomly Eddy & Sandler), Kalispell, and Michael Lamb (Lamb & Carey), Helena, for Intervenor/MTLA member Elizabeth Best (MSC candidate when the TRO application was filed).
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