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Can Brown be fair to the little guy?

| October 28, 2022 7:00 AM

The election for Montana Supreme Court is between current justice Ingrid Gustafson and attorney Jim Brown.

Brown’s career has been as a lobbyist for big corporations. Can he be trusted to suddenly change his spots, and be fair to the little guy against a big corporation?

If your land or small business is hurt in a lawsuit, look out! Brown the lobbyist has never argued a case before the Montana Supreme Court.

Justice Ingrid Gustafson has lots of experience as a judge. She was appointed as a judge in Billings by Republican governor Martz in 2004. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2018.

The trick to being a good judge is to be able to be neutral and fair regardless of who the parties to the particular lawsuit may be. Ingrid has a reputation for being fair and independent.

Just as many Montana voters are independent, so is Ingrid. She does not attend Republican or Democrat campaign events.

Former Republican Governor Mark Racicot supports Ingrid. So she's probably not a wild eyed leftist.

Another issue in the race is a woman’s right to choose what is done with her body. The Montana Constitution has a specific right of privacy.

In 1999, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that this right of privacy includes the right to abortion. Brown opposes this and supports forced birth. Most Montanans oppose forced birth, and support a woman’s right to choose. (Pew research).

Justice Ingrid Gustafson supports a woman’s right to choose.

Jon Heberling, Whitefish