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Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order In Maine Activist's Road Closure Case

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Rebecca Conley
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Maine Public
Behind barriers in Guilford, Trump supporters await President Trump's arrival.

A federal  judge has denied a request from a Blue Hill activist to stop the police from closing roads around the town of Guilford, in advance of President Donald Trump's visit there today.Judge Lance Walker writes that available evidence doesn't show that access will be denied, and that the suit was filed, effectively, on hearsay.

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Khalif Williams.

Attorney Logan Perkins, who's representing Khalif Williams,  says the lawsuit was based on multiple sources, including a story published in a local newspaper.  In the meantime, Perkins says the Sheriff's Office has posted to its Facebook page a more limited closure plan which would only close roads near the factory that President Trump is planning to visit.

"Without commenting on the constitutionality of those closures and, until we see exactly how things unfold today, that's certainly a dramatic departure from what the Piscataquis County Observer was reporting yesterday," Perkins says.

Perkins has said that a denial from the judge would not likely discourage Williams and others from going to Guilford anyway.  

Updated June 5, 2020 at 9:34 a.m. ET.

 

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.