A Libby judge who ruled that Montana's drunken-driving prevention program is unconstitutional has warned Attorney General Tim Fox and 11 others he will penalize them if they contact him again about the program outside of a courtroom.
District Judge James Wheelis' warning came last month in response to a letter signed by Fox, prosecutors and law-enforcement officials promoting the 24/7 Sobriety Program.
The judge issued an order that says he will find them in contempt of court if they contact him again without following the proper laws and procedures.
Wheelis ruled in February the program's fees amounted to an unconstitutional pretrial punishment. Fox is appealing the ruling to the Montana Supreme Court.
Fox spokesman John Barnes says the letter went to every judge, sheriff and prosecutor in Montana.