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Maine man gets three days in jail for shooting seal

By Bill Trotter on June 26, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“The defendant retrieved his rifle and began to shoot at the seals in the ocean.”
A view of the U.S. Supreme Court building is seen

Supreme Court backs church in key religious rights case

By Reuters on June 26, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
The dispute pitted two provisions of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment against each other: the guarantee of the free exercise of religion and the Establishment Clause, which requires the separation of church and state.
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington

Supreme Court to take case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay couple

By Robert Barnes, Washington Post on June 26, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
The dispute is one of several similar cases around the United States pressed by Christian conservatives who object to gay marriage and argue they should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs by providing certain services to same-sex couples.
Robert Craig

Trial of Florida man, 81, accused of killing Maine man, 86, to start in July

By Jen Lynds on June 26, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
Jury selection will begin on July 10 in the case of a Florida man accused of killing an elderly acquaintance at his Presque Isle home.

‘Pizzagate’ gunman sentenced to four years in prison

By Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 7:49 p.m.
In imposing the sentence, the judge said she was handing down a penalty she said was needed to uphold the rule of law against vigilante justice.

Feds indict Waterville man on gun, smuggling, money laundering charges

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
A Waterville man was indicted Tuesday on 17 federal charges.
Anthony Sanborn Jr.

Former FBI profiler says Portland murder may have been work of uncaught serial killer

BDN staff reports on June 21, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
Sanborn’s legal team hopes the serial killer theory helps convince the court Sanborn himself was not guilty.

Former probate judge fined, suspended for 2 years for ethics violations

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
This is the third sanction for Robert M.A. Nadeau, who lost his bid for re-election in a three-way race last year.
O.J. Simpson attends an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, May 17, 2013.

OJ Simpson’s latest parole hearing reportedly set for July 20

By Marissa Payne, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
Nine years into the 15-year sentence he received in 2008 for a bizarre armed robbery attempt to recover sports memorabilia in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson is again facing parole.
The owner of J's Oyster Bar in Portland has agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and pay the state government more than $1 million in back taxes.

Owner of landmark Portland eatery to plead guilty to tax evasion, faces jail time and $1M in back taxes

By Jake Bleiberg on June 20, 2017, at 6:07 p.m.
“The truth is I do owe the sales tax. I have no problem with that,” Cynthia Brown said. “But … I have in good faith been paying all this money back.”

Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on June 20, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their 2015 blockbuster movie, “Inside Out.”
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in a 2015 photo.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegal trafficking in baby eels valued at $375K

By Beth Brogan on June 20, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
He faces up to five years in prison with a maximum of 3 years supervised release.

Maine woman accused of faking cancer, accepting donations pleads not guilty

By BDN Staff on June 20, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
A Sebago woman, 25, who authorities say faked cancer and accepted donations from friends and family pled not guilty to the charge.

High court: Top US officials aren’t liable in 9/11 rights issue

By Robert Barnes, Washington Post on June 20, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
High-level U.S. government officials cannot be held liable for the alleged unconstitutional treatment of noncitizens detained after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography In December 2016 in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived high voltage accident sentenced for child porn

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:50 p.m.
Investigators said Zane Wetzel used peer-to-peer file sharing networks to download hundreds of images at a time. Some of the child porn included men sexually assaulting children, with images and videos saved to the hard drive of his computer.
Dushko Venelinov Vulchev

Competency hearing set for Houlton man charged with kidnapping

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2017, at 9:43 p.m.
Vulchev was indicted on eight charges by the Aroostook County grand jury last June — kidnapping, domestic violence assault, obstructing the report of a crime, theft, domestic violence terrorizing, improper contact and two counts of violating conditions of release.
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Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014.

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Wynter Przybylski, now 9, was cured of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but she is expected to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life because her problem wasn’t caught in time.
Gregory Nisbet stands up after he was found not guilty of manslaughter by Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren. Nisbet is the landlord who owned the Portland building where six young adults died in a fire in 2014.

Portland landlord sentenced to jail for role in deadly fire denied new trial

By Jake Bleiberg on June 19, 2017, at 4:35 p.m.
A judge has denied the request for a new trial by the landlord who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his role in Maine’s deadliest house fire in decades.
Washington Redskins helmets are lined up on the sideline during minicamp at Redskins Park.

Supreme Court: Rejecting trademarks that ‘disparage’ others violates First Amendment

By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post on June 19, 2017, at 2:48 p.m.
“In the sense relevant here, that is viewpoint discrimination,” Alito wrote. “Giving offense is a viewpoint.”
Bill Cosby walks out of the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt (L), after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial when the jury declared it could not reach a verdict.

Mistrial is declared in sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 17, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday after a jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” on sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby, whose legacy has been tarnished by a years-long sex and drugging scandal.