Gianforte: Anger Management, Community Service, & No Jail

Monday was not a good day for Greg Gianforte, for Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Rick West, or for Montana.

Lee Newspapers reported that Gianforte was sentenced to 20 hours of anger management counseling and 40 hours of community service. He was given a deferred six-month jail sentence. If he does not violate the conditions of his sentence, the charge could be dismissed. Gianforte was also fined $385 and paid $4,600 in restitution.

This was for his conviction of misdemeanor assault for which he pleaded guilty.

It took a long time for the sentence to be handed out because Judge Rick West tried to give Gianforte four days in jail (with two of those being work days) but as was reported, someone pointed out that “work days” cannot be given in an assault case.

MTN New reported it like this:

West initially sentenced Gianforte to four days in jail and said he could offset the jail time through participating in a county work program.

But when the judge was informed by other court personnel that someone guilty of assault is ineligible for the work program, West decided to defer Gianforte’s entire six-month sentence and impose the community service and anger-management classes instead.

So Judge West had to recalculate. It was embarrassing. The audio was terrible listening to the proceedings on-line. The local press and the court were not ready for their 15 minutes of fame.

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The Wednesday Read: Shots Fired

The police must obey the law while enforcing the law. – Earl Warren

I happened to catch the segment “Shots Fired” on 60 Minutes the other night and had to offer my opinion. You can read/watch the segment HERE.

Back in September 2016, Betty Shelby a white police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fatally shot Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old African-American man. Crutcher was unarmed.

Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Don Petrini & the School Board
  • Gorsuch Nomination & Tester
  • Mail-in Election

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Caught My Eye…

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Gazette & REAL ID, Barry Beach, Montana drivers, Trump Transition, Kansas City Chiefs, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you. – Zig Ziglar

Today I take a look at the Gold Star Family, Drunk Driving, the First 100 Days, Presidential Election Polls, Today in My History, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. – José N. Harris

To my fellow Veterans: THANK YOU for your service!

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME) – the first CME since Election Day, so watch out!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include TWW counseling session, the next two years, Barry Beach, my election night post, the 2018 election, one more thing, and much more!

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