Donation Stalled: A candidate for governor of Montana is asking Federal Judge Charles Lovell of the District of Montana to let him spend $500,000 donation from the state's Republican Party, The Independent Record reports. A state judge temporarily stopped Rick Hill from spending the donation until she decides if it was legal, a request of Hill’s Democratic opponent, Steve Bullock.
'Wrong Church, Wrong Pew' Counted: Federal Judge Algenon Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio ruled that all provisional ballots must be counted, including those cast in the wrong precinct or polling location, The Associated Press reports. An attorney for a union that sued over the issue said as many as 8,000 voters cast such ballots in 2008.
Drug Princess?: A woman who tried to use a fake ID to get through a port of entry has told a federal judge she is the daughter of Mexican drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, known for controlling the bulk of cocaine and marijuana smuggled into the U.S., FOX 5 San Diego reports.
Bear Maul Suit Tossed: Federal Judge Nancy Freudenthal of the District of Wyoming dismissed a wrongful death suit in the fatal bear mauling of an Illinois man, The Associated Press reports. Federal researchers were protected from liability under Wyoming law because they had no duty to warn that a bear had been trapped and released in the area.
Cable Anger: Former Arizona state Supreme Court judge Stanley Feldman has filed a federal lawsuit to stop subscribers of premium service from cable company Cox Communications from requiring the $6.99 monthly rental fee for a cable box in the home, The Camp Verde Bugle reports.