Crites v. Lewis & Clark Co.Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the district court denying a complaint and petition for release of confidential criminal justice information (CCJI), holding that the court did not err in denying the petition for release of CCJI without conducting an in camera review.
Appellant, in her capacity as the personal representative of the Estate of John Michael Crites, sought release of an investigative file regarding Crites's murder. The district court denied the petition without conducting an in camera review, determining that Mont. Code Ann. 44-5-303 does not allow for the release of CCJI if the prosecutor determines dissemination would jeopardize an active investigation. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that Appellant's interest in the CCJI contained in Crites's investigative file must yield to the State's police power to conduct investigations, which included the protection of CCJI in the active investigation into Crites's murder.