BB Gun

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a man’s conviction of assault on a peace officer. The man thought he was pulling a prank on a friend when he aimed a broken BB gun out of his front door, but he actually aimed the gun at a police sergeant, who was there to tell him he had been banned from a casino. The man, who was sentenced to eight years in prison, did not use a “weapon” pursuant to state law.

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Dinosaur Fossils

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling in favor of ranch owners, finding they are the sole owners of dinosaur fossils discovered on their property. The Montana Supreme Court answered a certified question concluding that dinosaur fossils were not a “mineral” and belonged to the surface estate, and that decision requires a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. 

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