Judge Molloy slams ATP attorney for 'unsupported' claims

2013-06-27T15:00:00Z 2014-10-03T14:27:45Z Judge Molloy slams ATP attorney for 'unsupported' claimsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 27, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

BILLINGS — A federal judge chastised the attorney for two political consultants following insinuations of wrongdoing by a state official involved in the release of a trove of documents connected to a conservative group.

During a Thursday hearing in Billings, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy harshly criticized attorney Quentin Rhoades for offering no proof to back allegations that former Commissioner of Political Practices Jim Murry "secretly" gave American Tradition Partnership documents to the news media.

Molloy also chided Rhoades for suggesting the state should have contacted his clients before the release.

Rhoades' clients, Christian and Allison LeFer, sued the state over the matter but now want the case dismissed so they can refile in state court.

Attorneys for Montana oppose dismissal and want a judgment. A decision from Molloy is pending.

Missoulian State Bureau reporter Mike Dennison can be reached at 1-800-525-4920 or by email at mike.dennison@lee.net.

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  1. sofaking tired of the GOP
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    sofaking tired of the GOP - June 27, 2013 7:26 pm
    ATP. Thank you conservatives for giving us Citizens United, the gift that keeps on giving! Just watch the GOP find ways to oppose Testor's bill to get rid of this insane SCOTUS ruling.
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