Courts and Crime

Tom Porter / Maine Public File

As the state of Maine prepares to open hotels, retail stores and state parks June 1, state courts are also taking steps to resume operations. The process will be gradual and jury trials will not be held for several months.

The Maine Department of Corrections is confirming that two more prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, bringing the number of prisoners who have tested positive at the facility to four.

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A Superior Court Justice granted a temporary injunction Friday against Sunday River Brewing Co., the Bethel restaurant owned by Rick and Ron Savage, which lost its licenses after defying Gov. Janet Mills’ executive orders.

Natalie Williams / BDN

Members of Calvary Chapel huddled Sunday morning between the church and the children’s building. Families in winter coats and hats with blankets on their laps looked more dressed for a football game than worship Mother’s Day with the temperature in the 40s.

State Says Ban On In-person Church Services Is Constitutional

May 9, 2020
Natalie Williams / BDN

Attorneys for Gov. Janet Mills on Friday said that her prohibition on in-person worship services do not violate the Constitution in light of the current health crisis as an Orrington church has claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.


The state's highest court has ruled that Maine voters will have their say on Central Maine Power's proposed billion-dollar powerline through western Maine in November.

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has found in favor of Maine's Community Health Options and other insurers that sued the federal government for failing to make payments under the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of a proposed $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine are appealing to the state Supreme Judicial Court over the validation of petitions to put the project to a statewide vote in November.

The secretary of state rejected some of the signatures but found that there were enough to surpass the ballot threshold by 3,050 signatures. The appeal contends the secretary of state misinterpreted state law in allowing some signatures that should've been invalidated.

Police Fatally Shoot Suspect After 12-hour Standoff In Hiram

Apr 25, 2020
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Police fatally shot a gunman after a nearly 12-hour standoff in Hiram, authorities said.

Maine Health Care Providers Ask Mills For Legal Immunity During Coronavirus Emergency

Apr 25, 2020
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More than a dozen Maine health care industry groups representing hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and others are asking Gov. Janet Mills for civil and criminal immunity during the civil state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

BANGOR, Maine — The number of homicide trials delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic has grown to eight in Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports that only one of them has been rescheduled so far.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Around the country, the rise of coronavirus cases is accelerating in prisons and jails. Over the weekend, the state of Ohio reported nearly 2,000 inmates have now tested positive at one prison alone, making it the largest reported source of the infection in the United States.

Former Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley was introduced today as the new dean of the University of Maine School of Law. The introduction was made on YouTube as the pandemic continues to force the law school faculty and students to study at home.

The Maine Supreme Court was supposed to hear oral arguments in several cases this week, but they have been postponed until after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

A federal judge ruled Thursday that federal fisheries regulators are illegally allowing lobster traps that pose a threat to the endangered North Atlantic right whale.