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Celebrating History: Hill County attorney exonerated, war effort continues


November 3, 2017

By Emily Mayer

The big story in the Havre Plaindealer’s Nov. 3, 2017 issue was the exoneration of Hill County Attorney Victor Griggs. As you may recall, Mr. Griggs was accused by Montana Attorney General Sam Ford of not doing his job “maintaining” Havre’s red light district. Judge Mathews issued a very lengthy statement — the story was found on three pages throughout the paper — but in a nutshell, Judge Mathews accused Ford of framing Griggs and noted the statute didn’t direct the county attorney to prevent crime; that was the job of law enforcement.

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