MT Supreme Court takes unusual step to keep internal emails from being released

The Montana Supreme Court on Sunday put the brakes on a legislative inquiry into the state court administrator’s emails, which recent revelations have shown to contain judges’ polls on pending legislation and were deleted from the administrator’s account.

A dispute over the separation of powers is developing out of a state Supreme Court case over the constitutionality of a new law signed last month expanding the governor’s appointment power over judicial vacancies.