Attorney general wants evidence in Missoula cases


HELENA, Mont. - Montana's attorney general is asking the U.S. Justice Department to send him the evidence in sexual assault cases the agency believes the Missoula County attorney's office should have prosecuted but didn't Attorney General Tim Fox made the request in a letter to Montana U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter on Thursday. A Justice Department report released on Feb. 14 said investigators found rape cases the county attorney's office declined to prosecute despite having confessions and other evidence. Fox notes the DOJ told the attorney general's office in June 2012 that it would turn over any new evidence to the state. He says he assumes he didn't receive any information because there isn't any new evidence. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has rejected the allegations in the DOJ report.