Ex-Broadwater County commissioner broadens lawsuit over her prosecution

Laura Obert

A former Broadwater County commissioner has amended an earlier complaint in her lawsuit against the state, saying state and county officials showed bad faith and malicious prosecution when they continued to pursue charges against her despite a deferred prosecution agreement.

This latest filing piggybacks on a March lawsuit filed against the state by Laura Marie Obert. It was filed Aug. 9 in Montana 1st Judicial District Court in Lewis and Clark County.

In addition to the state, the new filing names Broadwater County Attorney Cory Swanson and Special Assistant Attorney General/Special Deputy Broadwater County Attorney Martin Lambert as defendants. 

Obert demands a jury by trial and wants damages proven at trial.

Cory Swanson, Broadwater county attorney

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Swanson, a Montana Army National Guard member, has been deployed with the 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion to the Central Command area of operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. His office did not return a call seeking comment. 

Lambert did not immediately respond to

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