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Oct 18, 2017

Building Bridges with our Law Enforcement Partners

On June 10, just a week after Kirsten Pabst won the Democratic nomination for Missoula County Attorney and, absent a Republican challenger in the general election, the office, she heard some big news. Outgoing County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg had signed an agreement with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox to end a two-year U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the attorney’s office over its handling of sexual assault cases. Van Valkenburg had resisted that investigation, even suing the DOJ to prevent it, and he accepted the agreement with resignation, deeming it “window dressing.” Pabst, however, saw things differently…

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