By Matt Volz 

Judge's solicitation letter raises questions


HELENA — A district judge may have broken Montana's code of judicial conduct when he wrote a letter soliciting donations for another judge who is running for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

District Judge Laurie McKinnon of Choteau confirmed Monday that Judge Nels Swandal of Livingston wrote the undated letter in support of her candidacy, and that the letter was distributed by her campaign.

McKinnon said she accepted responsibility for the letter but declined to speak to its contents, other than to say she does not believe it jeopardizes Swandal's impartiality or ability to be fair....

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