Just A Few Thoughts On The Resolution Of The Brandon Bryant Case

by Travis Mateer

I was giving the Brandon Bryant case some thought the other day because I have heard, though can’t find it reported, that it took the jury less than an hour to acquit him of the felony intimidation charges that could have landed him in prison for 10 years.

I have also heard that Bryant’s defense was an impressive thing to watch. Too bad our pandemic had to limit public participation in this fascinating court process involving FOUR elected officials giving testimony. And during a municipal political cycle nonetheless!

It’s kind of remarkable to think there is so much going on right now that I haven’t even had time to look into how one goes about getting transcripts.

Maybe next week.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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2 Responses to Just A Few Thoughts On The Resolution Of The Brandon Bryant Case

  1. An audio recording was made — there was an audio live stream permitted, but I think there were technical problems with that. I know the guy who I think has the audio. There was talk of producing unofficial transcripts. Also, since the Missoula Municipal Court is now a court of record, there should be an official audio record, with copies available for a fee. Since there was an acquittal, which is not appealable, that official audio record may not be retained very long. These are things I need to learn about here anyway, so I’d be happy to inquire of the court today, and to also inquire of the guy who I think has the unofficial recording made with court permission. I’d really like to both hear, and read, the trial proceedings, as well — especially the jury selection, Brandon’s direct and cross examination testimony, the defense testimony of Jesse Ramos, and Heather Harp, Jake’s cross of Gwen Jones, Bryan von Lossberg and Mayor Engen, and Jake’s closing argument. (Haha that’s just about everything). Here’s an idea: make a comic book format limited edition version of it, omitting the jury selection and including only the highlights of the trial.

  2. Djinn&tonic says:

    I’d be willing to chip in to any cost associated …I’d like to read or listen, too…

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