Courts and Crime

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the three-day suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School Student for what the school says was bullying and what the ACLU of Maine says was protected speech.

Police in Maine say they've discovered a body in the basement of a building that is the residence of a missing woman.

He was an attorney for the Passamaquoddy Tribe whose fierce advocacy got him into so much trouble that he chose to leave the country rather than serve a four-year prison sentence more than 50 years ago.

According to the latest statistics from Maine’s Department of Public Safety, crime in Maine is down by a rate of more than 50 percent over the last seven years, and down by more than nine percent over last year alone.

Police say a waste management worker was fatally struck by a garbage truck in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine law enforcement officers have written up several hundred motorists for violating a law that prohibits motorists from using hand-held electronic devices.

BELFAST, Maine - A Maine organization that focuses on rehabilitation of criminal offenders will receive more than $900,000 from the federal government to support its work.

Maine To Get A Share Of $117M Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Devices

Oct 20, 2019
Mel Evans / AP

The pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million settlement with 41 states, including Maine, over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A Maine State Prison inmate whose due process rights were violated when he spent 22 months in solitary confinement is not entitled to injunctive relief or damages, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Douglas Burr had hoped for a decision that would have limited the number of days prisoners could be held in segregation and the reasons for placing them there. 

Maine Lawmaker: Judges 'Overloaded' After Child Welfare Changes

Oct 16, 2019
Joseph Cyr / Houlton Pioneer Times via BDN

A Maine lawmaker said Tuesday that judges are dealing with more child welfare cases after the state ended a practice of placing children with other family members during investigations, illustrating a challenge the state faces in overhauling its system.

Cape Elizabeth School District Suspends Girls For Bullying Over Rape-Awareness Note

Oct 16, 2019
Shael Norris / AP

A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she’s taking the school district to court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is asking the federal court in Portland to block a three-day suspension of a Cape Elizabeth High School student for bullying. / WBRC Architects Engineers

City councilors in Bangor are set to vote on a new ordinance that could impose fees on group homes and shelter operators for making non-emergency calls to police.

An economics professor at the University of Maine in Machias who sued the UMaine system has had his suit tossed out by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

PORTLAND, Maine - A man in Maine whose properties were part of a federal raid of more than 20 marijuana sites has pleaded guilty to drug charges.