Liberal Judge Mike Moses Stepping Down in Yellowstone County
A liberal judge who has used the power of his bench to block election integrity laws and to force transgender birth certificates is stepping down. The resignation of Judge Michael Moses in Yellowstone County allows Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to select a replacement.
Here is a copy of a thank you letter that Judge Moses sent to the Yellowstone Area Bar Association where he mentions that he will be stepping down effective July 1, 2023.
Governor Gianforte's office announced Monday afternoon that the governor would now be accepting applications and nominations for Judge Moses' replacement. While the press release did not name Judge Moses, I have confirmed through multiple sources that Judge Moses is the judge stepping down.
According to the press release:
The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court has notified Governor Greg Gianforte there is a vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District (Yellowstone County)...the application form is available electronically at nominatejudges.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy by Wednesday, April 5, 2023. Applications will be made available to the public.
The press release also notes that whoever is appointed would have to run for the position in the 2024 election.
Judge Moses has repeatedly clashed with Montana lawmakers and state officials. He's taken heat for overturning election integrity measures (including voter ID and ballot harvesting laws), for using his bench to push for transgender birth certificate changes, and for ruling on behalf of the very Democrat dark money groups that helped get him on the bench.
Moses was appointed to the bench by former Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT- a failed Democrat presidential candidate who also lost big in the US Senate race to Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) in the closely watched 2020 election.
Flashback: The Breakfast Flakes' Paul Mushaben calls out Judge Moses.
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