Judge: Highway Patrol discrimination case should go ahead
April 25, 2014
HELENA . (AP) — Most of the claims by four Hispanic men who accuse the Montana Highway Patrol of engaging in systematic racial profiling during traffic stops should be allowed to proceed, a federal magistrate judge ruled.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby recommended striking two allegations that the discrimination violated the Montana Constitution, saying the state claims can't be sued in federal court.
Ostby recommended against dismissing the three other allegations of U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights violations.
Her findings must be approved by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen. Attorneys for Attorney General Tim