The attorney defending Rick Hill for taking an illegal $500,000 contribution has a troubled past himself. Matthew Monforton was at one time a municipal court judge in Bozeman, but it appears his appointment was not re-instated since he is now an attorney for Rick Hill.
While serving as judge, Monforton wrote a Bozeman Chronicle editorial calling the leader of one of the world’s largest religions, the Muslim prophet Mohammed, “a seventh-century pedophile.”
Monforton ‘s rambling editorial includes a rant against General David Petreaus, who he says
“lectured us about respecting the “Holy” Qu’ran (a book whose author married a 9-year-old),” and “straightjacketed American troops with absurd rules of engagement.”
“Maybe our generals could study their Army predecessors rather than lionizing books by a seventh-century pedophile,”
Montana hasn’t had much luck with judges lately. Earlier this month, Judge Richard Cebull, the federal judge in Billings who was caught sending a racist email to his friends, announced he was stepping down.
This kind of thing definitely calls a judge’s impartiality into question, so it seems Bozeman city officials made the right decision not to re-appoint Monforton. You can draw your own conclusions regarding what this says about the kind of people Rick Hill chooses to hire.