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Grimstad Named MHP Colonel

HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath Tuesday introduced Paul Grimstad as the new colonel and chief administrator of the Montana Highway Patrol.

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Statement from AG Mike McGrath Regarding the USSC Death Penalty Opinion

HELENA – Thursday morning, by a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court held that its decision in Ring v. Arizona, 536 U.S. 584 (2002)—that the Sixth Amendment requires a jury, not a judge, to find an aggravating factor necessary for the imposition of the death penalty—is a procedural rule of law and thus is not applied retroactively to a prisoner who was sentenced before Ring was decided.

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McGrath: Computer-Generated Campaign Calls Illegal

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath said Monday that his office has received a number of complaints about computer-generated phone calls related to initiatives and legislative races.

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Roadcheck Event Spotlights Commercial Vehicle Safety

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol and the Montana Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Services Division will take part in the 17th annual Roadcheck June 8-10. During the three-day international event, inspectors trained by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will check critical safety elements on commercial vehicles and evaluate drivers’ fitness.

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Pharmaceutical Company to Reimburse State $152,000 in Medicaid Fraud Settlement

HELENA – Montana will receive nearly $152,000 in Medicaid restitution and penalties as part of a settlement recently negotiated between the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units and pharmaceutical manufacturer Parke-Davis, a division of Warner-Lambert. The Medicaid fraud settlement is separate from a recent consumer-protection settlement with Warner-Lambert.

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McGrath Honors Two Crime Victim Advocates

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Wednesday honored outstanding crime victims’ advocate Marilynn Forman of Miles City in a ceremony at the Custer County Courthouse. Mikie Baker-Hajek of Great Falls received the same victims’ advocate award last month.

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McGrath Joins Suit Seeking Payment from Power-Generation Companies

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Monday filed an action to join a lawsuit that seeks to force out-of-state power generation companies to reimburse Montana for years of unpaid “rent” on state lands. The companies own and operate dams that are located in Montana and are situated on state lands and waterways.

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McGrath Announces Relocation of Drug Enforcement Team

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath Thursday announced the relocation of the Department of Justice state drug enforcement team to Great Falls. McGrath made the announcement at a press conference at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Department. Cascade County Sheriff Kent Funyak — who had requested the team be moved to Great Falls from Missoula — Great Falls Police Chief Bob Jones and Division of Criminal Investigation Administrator Mike Batista joined him.

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Motor Vehicle Division: Truck Camper Renewal Not Required

HELENA — Officials with the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Justice issued a reminder this week that owners of truck campers no longer need to renew registration on the vehicles.

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Board of Crime Control Awards $2.1 Million to Drug Task Forces

HELENA – Multi-agency drug task forces around the state will soon receive more than $2 million in federal Byrne grants recently approved by the Montana Board of Crime Control.

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