Lawrence VanDyke Does Not Meet The Qualifications To Run
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A district judge has ruled that Supreme Court justice candidate Lawrence VanDyke does not meet the qualifications to run for the post and ordered his name not to appear on the ballot.
District Judge Mike Menahan of Helena determined Friday that VanDyke had not been admitted to active practice of law for at least five years in Montana as required.
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports (http://tinyurl.com/kcgbzxl ) attorney Mike Meloy argued VanDyke was inactive from 2007 to 2012 and does not qualify.
VanDyke's attorneys say he was admitted to the bar more than five years ago, and argue his inactive status should not be a factor in determining eligibility.
The ruling was expedited to allow either side to appeal.