I recently wrote an Op-Ed that was published in several newspapers. I said Montana voters
should be concerned about Justice Laurie McKinnon’s commitment to Montana, the dark money
support that helped her get elected in 2012, her opposition to our rights of public stream and land
access, her position on the right to privacy and the right to choice, and her protection of
corporate interests at the expense of Montana people.
My opponent, Justice Laurie McKinnon, attacked me for my comments because they were not
backed up by evidence.
All I can really do is do what I do as lawyer making a case like I do every day. When confronted
with a story that doesn’t add up, a good lawyer investigates the facts. Let’s talk about “evidence”
that is easily found in public records that I found after a little bit of digging.
– Mike Black, Candidate, Montana Supreme Court 2020, 9.29.2020
Please take the time to understand the truth about Justice McKinnon before you vote in the upcoming 2020 General Election.
Black Op-Ed Evidence Response (09-29-2020) PDF No. 2 — 2012 MGN Flyer PDF No. 3 — COPP v. MGN Settlement Agreement PDF No. 4 — MATL – ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT FOR CONDEMNATION PDF No. 5 — MATL Opening Brief PDF No. 1 — North Carolina Deed of Trust (Recorded)
- Here is a copy of the North Carolina home Deed of Trust:
McKinnon is listed as a “Borrower” on page 1, and Section 6 on page 6 specifies her obligation
regarding Occupancy of the North Carolina property. McKinnon “shall occupy, establish, and
use the Property as Borrower’s principal residence within 60 days after execution of this Security
Instrument and shall continue to occupy the Property as Borrower’s principal residence for at
least one year after the date of occupancy” and the Security Instrument was executed (or signed)
on June 14, 2019.
This is not the sort of Deed of Trust used by a bank for a “vacation” home – it’s used for the
place the borrower intends to reside and live in during day-to-day life.
Judicial qualifications are spelled out in Art. VII, Sec. 9 of the Montana
Constitution, which provides:
(1) A citizen of the United States who has resided in the state two years
immediately before taking office is eligible to the office of supreme court
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(4) Supreme court justices shall reside within the state…. In order to run
for office, one must reside in Montana for two years immediately before
taking office and, if elected, a supreme court justice shall reside in
2. Here is one flyer mailed out by the “Montana Growth Network”:
The so-called Montana Growth Network illegally raised and spent over $120,000 (at least) to
help Laurie McKinnon’s election to the Supreme Court:
This flyer obviously refers to an Order entered by Judge McKinnon in Glacier County District
Court on December 13, 2010. Here is the Order, as well as the analysis of that Order by one of
Montana’s preeminent lawyers: