Mike Black Supreme Court

Mike Black: Endorsed by Five Retired Montana Supreme Court Justices

I’m honored to earn the endorsement and support of five retired Montana Supreme Court Justices:  James Nelson, Terry Trieweiler, Mike Wheat, William Leaphard and Jim Regnier.

As published in the Montana Standard (Butte), the Missoulian, the Billings Gazette, The Havre Herald, The Helena Independent Recort, the Montana Post and others …

https://mtstandard.com/opinion/columnists/guest-view-mike-black-for-the-montana-supreme-court/article_65d114d1-6efb-5e43-b1f9-4a565a5cab8d.html

Guest view: Mike Black for the Montana Supreme Court – April 9, 2020

As a matter of constitutional law, a state may provide more — and greater — protection of constitutional rights than does the federal constitution. This legal doctrine will become increasingly important in the coming decades, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s membership and its dismal record protecting civil rights and the rule of law.
 

Indeed, Montana’s Constitution guarantees some 17 rights not protected in the federal constitution — a clean and healthful environment, human dignity, the right to participate in and examine government documents and observe its deliberations, educational rights, and the peoples’ use of Montana’s waters, to name just a few.

That’s why the 2020 State Supreme Court election is so important; it is that court which interprets and enforces our cherished Montana rights and values.

Of the three individuals seeking election to Seat 5, attorney Mike Black is uniquely qualified.

Mike is a native, fourth generation Montanan, growing up in a blue-collar railroad family; he’s worked as a farmhand, janitor and dishwasher; he put himself through college and law school.

Mike has actively practiced law here since 1991, representing Montanans in every state and federal court in Montana, and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike served as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Civil Bureau Chief and litigated to protect Montanans’ constitutional rights. Mike consistently fights to increase Montanans’ ability to access justice.
 
 
Indeed, in putting “their” person on the court, these purveyors of dark money and partisan influence constantly litigate to deny Montanans their constitutional rights of access to Montana’s waters in which to fish and recreate; to utilize public lands on which to hike and camp; and to enjoy the “quiet beauty of our state” with their families — as Mike and his family often do.
 
 
To date Montana’s Supreme Court has jealously guarded these rights and values. Voters must insure that that commitment remains in the justices elected to the court. Dark money interests and those who flagrantly violate Montana’s campaign finance laws have no regard for fair, independent and impartial judges — indeed quite to the contrary.
 
 
Mike Black is eminently qualified by background, training and experience to serve as the Court’s next Seat 5 justice. His personal and professional history is one demonstrating exemplary character and competence, earning him the statewide respect from members of the bench and Bar.

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