PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman is calling for the state's highest court to give domestic partners custody rights to pets after a relationship fizzles.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court has rejected the appeal of a man who's serving 55 years in prison for killing his wife and burying her body with a wedding band, flowers — and a bottle...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court has rejected an appeal by a second New York man convicted in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor.
Maine’s highest court upholds conviction in 1980 murder case
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a man who was sentenced for the 1980 death of a 16-year-old in a case that stymied investigators for...
Court tosses appeal filed by convicted murderer
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court has tossed an appeal filed by a man who killed his ex-girlfriend in June 2015 and led police on the longest manhunt in state history.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld Tuesday the conviction of 41-year-old Robert Burton. He received a 55-year prison sentence last year.
Burton argued prosecutors should not have told the jury about his previous convictions and his attorney's questions should have been included on forms for potential jurors.
Chief justice, not governor, to swear-in Maine lawmakers
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Republican governor will not administer the oath of office to lawmakers at their ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
Gov. Paul LePage's spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said Tuesday the governor is scheduled for back surgery Wednesday, when the new batch of lawmakers will be sworn-in.
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will instead administer the oath of office.
Court seeks input on whether it should weigh tribal gaming
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's top court is asking the public about whether it should weigh in the legality of tribal gaming without state approval.
Efforts to allow tribal casinos in Maine have been unsuccessful. The court is seeking written arguments by Oct. 12 and responses by Oct. 26.
The Maine House last month passed tribal Rep. Henry Bear's order asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to consider the issue.
Maine House asks court whether tribe could run casino
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's top court could weigh in on whether a tribe could run a casino on tribal land without state permission.
The House last month approved Rep. Henry Bear's order asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to consider whether a U.S. Supreme Court decision would allow the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to conduct gambling on tribal trust land.
Convicted murderers file appeals with state’s high court
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two men convicted of murder in Maine are appealing their cases with the state's high court.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Wednesday for both 41-year-old Robert Burton and 38-year-old Anthony Lord.
Burton killed his ex-girlfriend in June 2015 and led police on the longest manhunt in state history. Lord killed two people, including his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, and injured four others in a rampage in July 2015.
Maine high court to hold hearing on harassment in law
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court wants to hear from the public on a proposal to hold accountable lawyers who commit harassment and discrimination.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hold a public hearing on Oct. 23 at Cumberland County Courthouse. It's open to the public, including non-lawyers.
Court dismisses challenge to solar panel credit ruling
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a challenge to a new rule by the state Public Utilities Commission on home solar panel systems.
The Portland Press Herald reports the court ruled Thursday the case should go to superior court judges first, a move that disappointed environmental advocates.
Maine’s chief justice unloads on lack of sentencing options
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says it's a "tragedy" that judges face a lack of sentencing options when it comes to teen offenders.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court this week upheld a Skowhegan teenager's confinement at the Long Creek Youth Development Center but Saufley decried the fact that the judge faced only two alternatives, incarceration or probation, neither of them ideal.
Maine high court rules against suspended lawyer candidate
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has ruled against a Republican who's running for district attorney and feels an earlier suspension of his law license was unfair.
Seth Carey filed a wide-ranging complaint last year against judges, the Board of Overseers of the Bar, the Sun Journal and others following disciplinary proceedings that resulted in his two-year suspension in 2016.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss the case.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court has upheld a blood test that was done without a warrant that led to a drunken driving conviction.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Supreme Judicial Court wrote in an opinion published Thursday that the test Rowe Palmer was subjected to was legal under a "now or never" situation.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Social media posts can represent a violation of a protection order, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, affirming the conviction of a man who made threats on Facebook.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected Richard Heffron III's arguments that his Facebook comments were a protected form of speech, that the posts didn't constitute direct or indirect contact, and that he wasn't told that his posts represented a violation.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of her infant son is "disappointed" that Maine's high court rejected an appeal of her 13-year prison sentence.
A lawyer for Troy resident Miranda Hopkins said Wednesday that her client did not kill her baby and will continue trying to prove her innocence. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Tuesday the court's conviction.
Court upholds conviction of mother in baby’s death
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court has rejected a woman's appeal over her 13-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the death of her infant son.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Tuesday the conviction of Troy resident Miranda Hopkins. Her lawyer didn't immediately respond to request for comment Tuesday.
A court in December found Hopkins drank shots of liquor and smoked marijuana on the night of her infant son's death.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court has upheld the conviction of a woman who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An advocacy group is again accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration of flouting the law in the latest legal battle over voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Maine.
Maine Equal Justice Partners argued Tuesday that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court should reject the administration's latest filing.
Correction: Electronic Records story
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — In some versions of a story May 30 about electronic court records, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the status of online court records in Maine. Some records are available online beyond Maine Supreme Judicial Court rulings, not only Supreme Judicial Court rulings.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Debate over opening up electronic court docs in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A civil liberties attorney told supreme court justices Wednesday that the state is "putting its thumb on the scale of a highly personal decision" by funding care for low-income pregnant women while refusing to pay if they elect to terminate their pregnancies.
But the state attorney general's litigation chief told justices that there's no obligation for taxpayers to fund abortions even though women have a right to the procedure.
Maine supreme court to address ranked-choice voting
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court isn't wasting time in convening a hearing on the use of ranked-choice voting in the June primaries.
A judge on Wednesday forwarded a series of constitutional questions raised by the Maine Senate, secretary of state and an advocacy group.
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley quickly ordered the parties to submit position papers, and to appear before the state supreme court Thursday afternoon.
Appeal rejected for Mainer who fled after fatal shooting
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court has affirmed the conviction of a Maine man who fatally shot a man in 2014 and then fled the state.
Abdirahman Haji-Hassan (ab-deer-RAH'-mun HAH'-jee-huh-san), of Portland, contended the trial judge erred by limiting some testimony and in instructions to the jury.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected his appeal on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children in Garland.
Keith Coleman appealed his convictions for murder and gross sexual assault and the imposition of three life sentences by a judge. He cited alleged prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence, and a judge's decision limiting cross-examination of a witness.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the conviction and sentences on Thursday.
LePage urges judge to retire, wants to appoint conservative
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is attacking a justice for not fulfilling an apparent promise to retire so the governor can fill his seat with a more conservative judge.
The governor on Tuesday released a letter in which LePage claims that Associate Justice Joseph Jabar has reneged on a deal to step down from Maine Supreme Judicial Court after he reached 20 years of service to be eligible for a pension.
Landlord in fatal fire again due to file brief in appeal
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A landlord who was convicted of code violations stemming from Maine's deadliest fire in decades is due to file a brief in his appeals case.
Gregory Nisbet was convicted following the November 2014 fire that killed six people in Portland. He appealed his conviction to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, and is due to file the appellate brief by Friday.
Maine supreme court determines winner in sloppy ballot case
WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has declared a winner in a municipal election that was stalled because of a disputed ballot.
Landlord in fire that killed 6 due to file brief in appeal
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A landlord who was convicted following a fatal fire in Maine is due to file a brief in his appeals case.
Gregory Nisbet was convicted of code violations stemming from the November 2014 fire, which killed six people in Portland. He then appealed his conviction to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
A court spokeswoman says Nisbet initially had until Tuesday to file the brief and had not filed it by mid-morning. She says he was given a 10-day extension.
Landlord in fatal fire nears deadline to continue appeal
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A landlord convicted following a fatal Maine fire is appealing his case to the state's highest court and has less than a week to file a brief.
Gregory Nisbet was convicted of code violations stemming from the November 2014 fire, which was the deadliest in the state in decades and killed six people. A spokeswoman for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court says Nisbet's appeal's still active and he has until Jan. 9 to file the brief.
Challenge to solar rules heads to court
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Conservation Law Foundation and clean energy supporters are challenging a big change in how Maine compensates owners of new rooftop solar panels for energy they generate.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled oral arguments for Wednesday.
Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for assaulting minor
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl after supplying her with alcohol has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
The Kennebec Journal reports 23-year-old Travis Gerrier, most recently of Dixmont, was sentenced Tuesday after previously entering multiple conditional guilty pleas in August.
Shelter director resigns after dogs escape euthanasia order
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The executive director of a shelter in Maine where two pit bulls disappeared after being ordered euthanized has resigned.
Lisa Smith resigned two days after the dogs went missing from the Humane Society Waterville Area.
Euthanasia order upheld for dogs that killed Boston terrier
WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court has upheld a ruling that two dogs should be euthanized for killing a Boston terrier and injuring its owner.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a brief decision Tuesday denying an appeal by Danielle Jones, the owner of the dogs.
The Latest: Maine lawmakers pass pot law, delay voting law
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the Maine Legislature's special session (all times local):
Maine Republican and Democratic lawmakers have voted to delay a new voting system and to rewrite the state's recreational marijuana law.
Maine’s highest court hits the road this week
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is hitting the road this week with sessions in Freeport and Rumford.
The court will hear appeals Thursday at Freeport High School and Friday at Mountain Valley High School. The road show wraps up next week at Westbrook High School.
Court clarifies requirements for distracted driving finding
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officials don't have to prove what specifically distracted a driver who caused a fatal chain-reaction crash, the state's top court ruled, providing important guidance to law enforcement at a time when distracted drivers are a growing concern.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court has upheld a woman's contempt conviction for violating an order that prevents her from owning animals.
In an opinion released Tuesday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court said 71-year-old Carol Murphy did not challenge the facts of the case, instead relying on "fanciful and jumbled" legal theories to say the trial court had no jurisdiction over her.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a 60-year prison sentence for a former Lewiston karate school operator convicted of drugging and raping two boys.
But Wade Hoover won't begin serving the state sentence until he completes a 40-year federal sentence for producing and possessing child pornography.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy will remain in prison after Maine's high court rejected an appeal arguing that the detective who interviewed him displayed "excessive friendliness."
Andrew Seamon's lawyer said Augusta police detective Tori Tracy was playing "good cop" when she secretly recorded an interview with Seamon, whom she had known for years.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The nation's first voting system for statewide elections that allows voters to rank their top candidate picks runs afoul of the Maine Constitution, the state supreme court said Tuesday, opening the door to legislative action to undo the voter-approved law.
No new trial for RI man convicted in car fire deaths
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court is denying a new trial for a Rhode Island man convicted in the deaths of three people found in a burning car.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court says Nicholas Sexton of Warwick will not receive a new trial. He is serving a 90-year prison sentence for killing one of the three people who were found dead in Bangor.
Police called the killings the result of a drug deal gone wrong.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has ruled that South Portland's liability insurer doesn't have to cover the city's rising legal fees in an ongoing federal lawsuit.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2okbEan ) the Maine Supreme Judicial Court decided Tuesday that the Maine Municipal Association Property & Casualty Pool has no duty to defend the city's Clear Skies ordinance.
Maine’s highest court could consider ranked-choice voting
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state's highest court is set to consider weighing in on the constitutionality of a new voting scheme approved by voters last fall.
Ranked-choice voting would let Maine residents rank their ballot choices from first to last. Supporters say it ensures a candidate wins majority support while eliminating the impact of spoilers.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is set to decide whether they should weigh in and if so, whether Maine's constitution allows ranked-choice voting.
State Senate approves court review of ranked-choice voting
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved asking the state's highest court to rule on the ranked choice style of voting that voters approved in November.
Voters would rank their preferred candidates, allowing for an "instant runoff" of top vote-getters in a multi-candidate contest.
The request asks the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to rule whether the ranked choice system satisfies requirements of the state constitution.
Maine high court: No damages in wrongful birth suit
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has ruled that a Newport woman who gave birth after a federally supported health care center in Albion (AL'-bee-uhn) failed to install a temporary birth control device cannot recover damages.
Kayla Doherty says she received a procedure at the health center in February 2012, but later learned the device — which is inserted into a patient's arm — was never installed.
Maine man loses bid for new trial in informant’s slaying
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of murdering a Lewiston resident who told police about his role in a burglary several years ago has lost his bid for a new trial.
The Sun Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2iik1jr ) the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the conviction of William True in the April 2013 slaying of 21-year-old Romeo Parent on Thursday.
Report: Riverview still lacks sufficient staff, bed space
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A report issued by the former chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court says Augusta's Riverview Psychiatric Hospital is still having issues with staffing and space.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2gZ4QLa ) the report issued Tuesday by Daniel Wathen acknowledged that the state Department of Health and Human Services, which runs Riverview, has made progress in alleviating staff shortages and improving employee morale.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court has ruled that a man who lived as a hermit in the woods for nearly three decades won't have to pay restitution to state police.
State police were seeking $1,125 from 50-year-old Christopher Knight for repairs to a gravel road damaged in 2013 when they used it to remove items from his campsite.
The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/2b5WCyT ) reports the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's...
Motion to reconsider in Harpswell beach access case
HARSPWELL, Maine (AP) — The attorney for a group of people that want to preserve public beach access in Harpswell is asking Maine's highest court to reconsider a decision to give the property's owner the right to block access.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2avFCTM ) reports attorney David Bertoni filed a motion for reconsideration at Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has suspended a York County probate judge after finding that he violated judicial conduct.
The court found Thursday that Robert Nadeau used his position to attempt to influence the outcome of a personal legal case in which he was seeking protection from a harassment order against his former girlfriend.
It found that Nadeau improperly invoked his status in a letter he wrote to his ex-girlfriend's attorney in...