Maine District Attorney Faces Disciplinary Hearing

May 9, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine district attorney is facing a disciplinary hearing over an allegation she discussed a child sexual assault case with a judge without defense counsel present.

Kennebec and Somerset Counties District Attorney Maeghan Maloney tells the Kennebec Journal she's in talks to resolve the issue without going to a contested hearing. Maloney says she was called into the judge's chambers and answered his questions.
 
Maloney is set for a May 20 hearing before the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar's grievance commission.
 
Last year, the Maine Law Court sided with attorneys who argued Maloney's conversation with the judge violated due process rights of a Sidney man sentenced to 50 years in prison on numerous child sexual assault charges. The court tossed out the conviction and granted a new trial.