Court News

Reality TV show star Abby Lee Miller leaves at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nov. 2, 2015.

Former ‘Dance Moms’ star Abby Lee Miller sentenced to prison

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on May 10, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
Former “Dance Moms” reality television star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh for bankruptcy fraud and concealing money earned abroad.

High court leery of overturning jury verdict to release man charged in 1969 slaying

By Judy Harrison on May 09, 2017, at 4:37 p.m.
“If you are correct, the jury was wrong,” Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said. “We cannot accept that.”

Richard Simmons sues National Enquirer for claiming he’s transgender

By Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post on May 09, 2017, at 1 p.m.
The lawsuit claimed the publications “cheaply and crassly commercialized and sensationalized an issue that ought to be treated with respect and sensitivity.”

Man who tortured his son, 7, and fed him to pigs gets life sentence

By Tony Rizzo and Laura Bauer, The Kansas City Star on May 09, 2017, at 12:51 p.m.
Under Kansas law, he will have to serve 25 years before he can seek parole.
Justice Joyce Wheeler listens to arguments in Cumberland County Superior Court, Oct. 30, 2013.

Judge in Sanborn case refuses to recuse herself

By Jake Bleiberg on May 09, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A judge presiding over the review of Anthony Sanborn’s 1992 murder conviction has denied the state’s request that she recuse herself, according to the Portland Unified Criminal Court clerk’s office.

Hermon woman admits getting thousands in fraudulent money orders

By Judy Harrison on May 09, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
A Hermon woman waived indictment and pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to fraudulently issuing more than $4,000 in postal money orders she deposited in her mother’s account.
Michael Skakel on October 24, 2012.

Conn. Supreme Court issues final ruling restating Skakel conviction

By The Hour on May 08, 2017, at 4 p.m.
The decision said Skakel had adequate legal representation, blocking his attempt to get a new trial in the killing of a Martha Moxley in 1975.
Judge Michael Boldon conducts the arraignment of 30-year-old suspect Bampumim Teixeira for two counts of murder in his hospital room at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on May 8, 2017.

Suspect in slaying of Boston doctors pleads not guilty, held without bail

By Scott Malone, Reuters on May 08, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.
The victims have been identified as Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 36, both anesthesiologists.
Devin Brown

Man sentenced to 12 years for deadly Windham hit-and-run

By CBS 13 on May 08, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
A plea hearing was held Monday for a man charged with manslaughter in connection to a deadly hit-and-run in Windham last year.

Gorham man accused of sexaully assaulting, photographing 10-year-old

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Christopher Shepard allegedly took sexually explicit photos of a 10-year-old female and shared them on the Internet.

Bangor man gets 18 years for conspiring to sell heroin

By Judy Harrison on May 06, 2017, at 8:04 a.m.
Mario Lee, 42, formerly of the Bronx, pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
A Unicorn Frappuccino beverage is placed on the counter for a customer at a Starbucks coffeehouse in Austin, Texas, U.S. April 21, 2017.

NYC coffee shop sues Starbucks over Unicorn beverage

By Reuters on May 05, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
Starbucks Corp. may be in a bit of hot water over its Unicorn beverage as a New York City coffee shop has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against the coffee chain over the popular drink, court documents showed.
Leroy H. Smith III

Judge: Maine man is competent to be tried for murder

By Judy Harrison on May 04, 2017, at 11:14 a.m.
A Gardiner man is competent to stand trial for murder for the alleged slaying and dismemberment of his father, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

Damariscotta dentist to pay $90,000 to resolve false claims to MaineCare

By Judy Harrison on May 02, 2017, at 7:10 p.m.
A Damariscotta dentist has agreed to pay $90,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to MaineCare for services he did not provide.
A non-profit group of Brunswick residents has asked a judge to block the sale by the town of a four-acre, tax-acquired property on Mere Point Road. Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government argues that the town violated its own charter when if refused to accept a petition that called for a town-wide referendum on creating a public park on the property.

Neighbors suing Brunswick ask council to delay sale of waterfront land

By Beth Brogan on May 02, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.
The group said in a release that the council violated the citizens’ right to petition and is “rushing to sell [the property] before the court” can rule on that claim.

Portland cabbie who accused city of bias against white drivers loses court appeal

By Jake Bleiberg on May 02, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
A federal court summarily ruled against McDonough, finding he was not actually prepared to apply for a permit.

Man pleads guilty to string of 2014 burglaries

By Brian Early, Foster's Daily Democrat on May 02, 2017, at 10:58 a.m.

Maine woman in Mass. heroin bust held on $25K bail

By Dave Rogers, The Daily News of Newburyport on May 02, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
They are accused of having almost 90 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of roughly $9,000.
Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager is escorted from the courthouse by security personnel while waiting on his verdict at the Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., December 5, 2016.

Former South Carolina police officer to plead guilty in fatal shooting caught on video

By Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post on May 02, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
The former South Carolina police officer caught on video opening fire into at the back of a black man who was running away is expected to plead guilty in federal court.
Attorney Kate Grossman meets with a patron Monday at the Bangor Public Library about a legal issue. The library was one of a dozen in the state that took part in the Lawyer in Libraries program on Law Day.

For fifth year, Maine attorneys offer advice in libraries on Law Day

By Judy Harrison on May 01, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The legal issues that participants asked questions about ran the gamut from family law to employment and creditor law, Grossman said.