Courts and Crime

WINTER HARBOR, Maine - Police in Maine say the two men who allegedly broke into a Winter Harbor home and killed a dog have turned themselves in to police.

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The lawyer for John Williams – the man accused of killing Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole this April – is asking a judge to suppress Williams’ confession. Williams was the subject of a four-day long manhunt following the discovery of Corporal Cole’s body near a house in Norridgewock, and, according to his attorney, he was badly beaten while in custody.

PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says a Kittery man has agreed to pay nearly $400,000 in fines and interest for illegally soliciting investors for a medical cannabis operation on Craigslist.
The Portland Press Herald reports that the commission says Richard J. Greenlaw raised about $500,000 from at least 59 investors across the country by offering securities in 20 cannabis-related businesses on the website although he was not registered with the SEC.

LIVERMORE, Maine - Maine State Police investigators have searched a Livermore property looking for evidence that could lead to finding a woman who has been missing since 1986.

It’s been 28 years since the state of Maine agreed in Superior Court to provide adequate mental health services to Mainers. The court master in the case now says that while the state has made progress, it has not yet met its promises.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man convicted in his infant son's death 39 years ago is going to prison.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court says a six-month suspension was too lenient for a lawyer who engaged in sex acts with a client and who was previously suspended over money laundering charges.
The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday set aside attorney Gary Prolman's punishment, saying it "substantially minimizes the seriousness'' of his conduct. The court said his punishment at a minimum should require him to seek reinstatement to the bar.

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Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has joined 15 other Republican leaders across the nation in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that companies can fire their workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Two Biddeford men face federal hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting an African-American man in a 7-Eleven parking lot in April. The Department of Justice says Maurice Diggins and Dusty Leo were indicted by a grand jury Monday.

The indictment alleges that while the victim was walking across the parking lot, Diggins and Leo drove up in a pickup truck at high speed. One of them yelled “who’re you eyeballing?” and then used a racial slur.

Donald Clark, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Maine, describes what happened next.

More than a dozen people arrested at the Maine governor's mansion for trespassing this spring could have their cases go to trial.

The treasurer of a long-standing agricultural fair was arrested Friday and charged with embezzlement.

Lawyer For Prominent Maine Developer Sued Over Alleged $50 Million Fraud

Aug 24, 2018
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

The legal bramble around an embattled former Maine businessman has grown a new shoot, entangling a prominent Portland law firm.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

A Superior Court judge took the unusual step Tuesday of calling about a dozen jurors into his courtroom to find out why they ignored requests to report for jury duty earlier this month.

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A Maine lawyer facing disbarment over sexual abuse claims said during a hearing Friday that he wants to be elected district attorney, in part, to qualify for government benefits and then get the treatment he needs for “mental health problems.”

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says it's a "tragedy'' that judges face a lack of sentencing options when it comes to teen offenders.