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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Monday’s Quick Hits

When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal. – Richard M. Nixon

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Malcontent Malarkey
  • Lee Newspapers & Zinke
  • HB 430
  • Last Night in Sweden
  • NBA All-Star Game

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. – Alfred A. Montapert

Today I take a look at State Government emails, guns in checked baggage, Make Russia Great Again, Residential Snowplowing, National Championship poll results, and much more!

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The Wednesday Read: Vogel, Motl, the Six, & Emails

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. – Rudyard Kipling

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Randy Vogel
  • Jonathan Motl
  • State of Montana Emails
  • The Six

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy

I was traveling this weekend – out on the open road! Is this a great country or what? This week is shaping up to be a good one – World Series, politics, football, and Halloween is one week away! Are you ready for another great week?

Today I take a look at concerns about Zinke’s residency, plus I take a look at the 2016 Campaign Fliers. Enjoy!

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Terrific News Tuesday

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Anita and Jason
  • High School Graduation Rate
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Last Presidential Debate
  • Lee Newspapers Polls
  • Register to Vote

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Terrific News Tuesday

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Veteran Ronald Doney
  • Fort Harrison VA Medical Center
  • Lewis & Clark Humane Society
  • Montana Medical Marijuana Cards
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship

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