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Lewis and Clark County attorney Leo Gallagher says Nicholas Hafer appeared by video Thursday to set his change of plea hearing.
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Lewis & Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher is working to obtain a warrant to search the truck.
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Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the case was handed over because County Attorney Leo Gallagher and several of his staff are now considered witnesses due to legal disputes between the two men involved in the shooting.
Lewis & Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher said on Monday that no decision has yet been made about whether or not to file charges against the man who has reportedly admitted shooting Newman; the man's name has not yet been released to the public.
The Billings Outpost
We wish we didn't have to trust Leo Gallagher, county attorney of Lewis & Clark County.Unfortunately, we have no choice unless some brave soul manages to get a court order.
According to news reports, Mr. Gallagher
announced last week that insufficient evidence exists to file further charges in the tragic death of state Rep.
credit, Mr. Gallagher
kept quiet about all of that throughout the investigation.All sorts of reasons exist for keeping criminal investigations under wraps.But now the investigation is over, and we're having trouble understanding why such a tight muzzle remains on the case.
It's lucky, in a way, that Mr. Gallagher
is a Democrat.If he
were a Republican, withholding details of a case involving Republicans, his
stance would appear far more suspect.
We can understand the argument that it violates privacy to disseminate details that may be embarrassing but don't point to criminal charges.But it's difficult to see why he
couldn't release at least enough information to answer some of the questions that have roiled this case from the beginning. Mr. Gallagher
understanding of the law is that, absent a court order, details may be released only with the consent of the victim's family.We suspect he
is reading the law too narrowly; however, if he
is not, then the law needs to be broadened.Information about cases of such importance should not be left to private discretion.
As it stands, Mr. Gallagher's stance on a court order sounds like an invitation.Here's hoping that someone takes him up on it.
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"There's a potpourri of ways they are getting (weapons)," said Lewis and Clark County Attorney Leo Gallagher, adding that the majority of those are illegal on one level or another.
Staring down the barrel of a gunLewis and Clark County
Sheriff Cheryl Liedle's voice was shaking last week as she
meeting with the woman who reported that a man leaned out the passenger side window of the car in front of her
, aimed the barrel of the gun in her
direction and fired.
"For the first time, ATF
is stepping forward and aggressively prosecuting cases," Gallagher
said this week.