Courts and Crime


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.

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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.

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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.

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Police, prosecutors and judges in Maine are taking steps to avoid sending non-violent offenders to jail. The spread of the coronavirus has prompted Maine courts to issue orders vacating outstanding warrants for unpaid fines and unpaid restitution.

PORTLAND, Maine - A man charged with violating a federal hate crime in Maine when he and a nephew attacked two black men has been found guilty.

WEST BATH, Maine - A Maine teenager has pleaded guilty to killing his grandmother, and has been sentenced as an adult to 27 years in prison.

AUGUSTA, Maine - An 18-year-old man accused of being in a car during a drive-by shooting in Maine that injured a 7-year-old girl has been charged with assault.

The Maine Human Rights Commission found Monday that there are reasonable grounds to find that two individuals have been discriminated against because of disabilities — one by a national employer and other by a community college.