Cascade County District Judge Michele Levine is out

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A Montana State Senate vote on Friday means Michele Levine will not continue as a Cascade County District Judge. It’s the first time in 50 years the Senate has declined to confirm an interim judge.

At Levine’s final hearing in Great Falls, a Youth in Need of Care matter, she said she told the parties that a new judge would have to get up to speed on their case.

Until then, she said, those kids are “in limbo,” and they’re not the only ones.

“The Senate is playing with a lot of people’s lives,” said Levine. “That breaks my heart.”

Without a confirmation, Levine cannot continue working. Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, said he’s unsure of the timeline for her removal.

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