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Maine Supreme Judicial Court Issues Statement Decrying Racism

Calling it a pervasive blight on our constitutional republic and the world at large, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued a statement decrying racism and other forms of bias.

The six justices say that the courts have a responsibility to dispense justice without any hint or appearance of racism or other bias, and that the recent killings of African Americans in Minneapolis, Louisville and Atlanta serve as a reminder of continuing racism.

The court says it has begun to reach out to people and resources that can help it better understand, identify and address all forms of racism. To that end, further training is being provided to judicial officers and other court staff. In addition, it says that measures are being integrated into court systems to prevent racism and other forms of discrimination from affecting the judicial process.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.