Missoula county attorney

Van de Wetering for county attorney
9:30 am
Thu May 15, 2014

If elected, he’ll take the lead on sexual assault cases

Democratic Missoula county attorney candidate Josh Van de Wetering

One of the two candidates for Missoula county attorney running in the Democratic primary will be the next county attorney - because there are no Republican candidates.
        That person will succeed the retiring incumbent Fred Van Valkenburg, who is locked in a fight with the federal Justice department over how his office has handled past sexual assault cases.
    Both the candidates - Kirsten Pabst and Josh Van de Wetering - have worked in the county attorney's office before and both are now in private practice.

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Pabst for county attorney
1:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Missoula county attorney’s race may be the hottest race in town

Missoula democratic county attorney candidate Kirsten Pabst

The democratic primary race for Missoula county attorney is more high profile than usual this election - first, since there is no Republican candidate, the winner of the primary will be the next county attorney. Secondly, the current county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has made headlines because of his legal fight with the federal Justice department over his office's past handling of sexual assault cases.

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USDOJ Investigation
5:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Landquist: Van Valkenburg threw the Missoula County Commission “under the bus”

A 2012 letter from then-Attorney General Steve Bullock to UDDOJ's Montana representative Michael Cotter requests a meeting to discuss the federal agency's investigation into how Missoula handles sexual assault.

A Missoula County Commissioner believes County Attorney, Fred Van Valkenburg is throwing the commission “under the bus” in the county’s lawsuit against the federal Department of Justice.

The DOJ has been investigating how Missoula law enforcement, the University of Montana and the County Attorney’s Office handle sexual assault cases after a string of such crimes were brought to light in 2012.

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Missoula sexual assault allegations
11:04 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Missoula county attorney says U.S. Department of Justice is "out of line"