Stories about Maine Supreme Judicial Court


New trial ordered in lead exposure dispute between renters, landlord

By Darren Fishell on May 06, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for two Solon parents who unsuccessfully sued their landlord in 2009, alleging lead paint in the house they rented caused health problems and learning disabilities for their three children. The court decision issued Tuesday found that the …
Leigh Saufley

CMP kept $2.6 million too much in customer deposit money, court rules

By Seth Koenig on April 08, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Tuesday that Central Maine Power Co. kept $2.6 million more in deposit payments than it should have, a move state regulators say threatened to inflate customers’ rates. In a ruling written by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, the state’s highest court …
Ralph Nader is shown in January 2007.

Maine supreme court tells lower court judge to dismiss Ralph Nader lawsuit over 2004 election

By Judy Harrison on May 23, 2013, at 12:45 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ordered that Ralph Nader’s lawsuit against the Maine Democratic Party over petitioning activities in the 2004 presidential election be dismissed as frivolous. The 15-page decision was unanimous. The justices heard oral arguments in the case on April 10. “Because we …
A new Central Maine Power smart meter displays electricity usage at a business in Freeport in fall 2010.

Maine Public Utilities Commission didn’t address smart meter safety, court says

By DAVID SHARP,The Associated Press on July 12, 2012, at 8:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s highest court ruled Thursday that state regulators failed to adequately address safety concerns about Central Maine Power’s smart meters but the ruling had no immediate impact on more than 600,000 smart meters already installed in homes and businesses across the state. The Supreme Judicial Court ordered …

Maine supreme court sends land-use dispute back to Harpswell appeals board

By Christopher Cousins on July 11, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
A land-use dispute that wound its way all the way to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will go back to the Harpswell Board of Appeals after a Law Court decision issued Tuesday. At issue is access to the shoreline from a subdivision in Harpswell. According to court …

Oakfield wind-to-energy project gets Maine DEP permit

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 18, 2012, at 9:18 p.m.
The state’s top environmental agency approved a 150-megawatt industrial wind site on Oakfield Hills on Wednesday that will cost about $360 million. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s approval is the project’s final state regulatory hurdle, though a local group opposing the project is expected to file …

Maine high court hears appeals on the road

The Associated Press on Oct. 12, 2011, at 5:27 a.m.
DRESDEN | Maine’s highest court is taking to the road this week as it hears oral arguments in a number of cases being appealed. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is holding court Wednesday at the Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, the only remaining pre-Revolutionary War court building in Maine. The …
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley

Portland high school students take in high court arguments

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 11, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
Deering High School students got a glimpse of Maine’s high court in action Tuesday morning as the Maine Supreme Judicial Court made the first in a series of three high school visits this week. In an effort to expose Maine teens to the judicial process, the court …
Bishop Richard J. Malone is installed as the 11th Bishop of Portland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland in 2004.

Bishop invokes God’s blessing for legal community at Red Mass in Portland

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 30, 2011, at 9:18 p.m.
PORTLAND — Bishop Richard J. Malone invoked God’s blessing and guidance in the administration of justice for members of the legal community Friday morning at the Red Mass held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “The idea is not only that the community wants to offer its prayerful support …
Ralph Nader gestures during a news conference in Portland in October 2004. Nader's legal team went before Maine's highest court Wednesday in what could be his final bid to sue Democrats and others he claims conspired to keep him off the 2004 ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states.

Maine supreme court hears Ralph Nader appeal

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press on Sept. 14, 2011, at 7:44 p.m.
PORTLAND | Seven years after his failed presidential bid, Ralph Nader’s legal team went before Maine’s highest court Wednesday in what could be his final bid to sue Democrats and others he claims conspired to keep him off the 2004 ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other …
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Portland, Maine.

Court to consider if state’s frivolous lawsuit statute applies to Nader’s case

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 12, 2011, at 9:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will review the law intended to curb frivolous lawsuits Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in Ralph Nader’s appeal over challenges to his 2004 presidential bid. The case is one of 20 the justices will consider when they convene Tuesday, Wednesday and …

Maine Supreme Judicial Court announces high school visits in October

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 04, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will take its show on the road in October to convene at high schools in Portland, Lisbon and Richmond. “The practice of appellate law is rarely seen on television or in movies, and we hope that these opportunities supplement the education and …

State Supreme Court to hear appeal of clergy sex abuse lawsuit

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 03, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court next month will consider whether a woman’s lawsuit against a former Catholic priest she claims abused her in the early 1970s while he was assigned to St. John Catholic Church in Bangor should go forward. Oral arguments in Christine S. Angell v. …

Maine high court ensures beach access at low tide

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 30, 2011, at 12 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court last week ruled that scuba divers may reach the ocean across land exposed at low tide even if it passes in front of private property. The 6-0 decision last week upheld the right of an Eastport scuba diver to reach Passamaquoddy Bay …

Maine’s high court outlines how to set sexual predators’ supervised release

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday outlined for the first time the factors a judge must consider before imposing supervised release on a convicted sex offender. In a 20-page opinion written by Justice Andrew Mead, the court adopted the federal approach to imposing supervised release, which …

Partisan battle looms as Maine redistricting plan due

By Eric Russell on Aug. 12, 2011, at 2:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Competing and likely divergent recommendations from Republicans and Democrats for what Maine should look like under new congressional redistricting scenarios are expected to be released on Monday. Because both sides agreed to keep their plans confidential until next week, representatives from the major parties declined to talk …

Court finds money may be deducted from prison inmates’ accounts to pay fines

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 02, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.
PORTLAND | Lawyers learn early in law school that what’s really important often is in a footnote. That was the case Tuesday when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously dismissed a Lewiston man’s challenge to the practice of deducting funds from inmates’ prison accounts to pay court fines because …

Police may not charge drivers stopped just to obtain information, Maine court rules

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 02, 2011, at 7:26 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday unanimously ruled that a police officer may not charge a driver with a crime if the person initially was stopped solely because the officer was seeking information. The court vacated the drunken driving conviction in Hancock County Superior Court of …

Justices hear Millinocket’s appeal in elimination of recreation director’s job

By Judy Harrison on June 14, 2011, at 2:17 p.m.
BANGOR | Maine supreme court justices on Tuesday heard arguments in the town of Millinocket’s appeal from a verdict that it retaliated against Mary Walsh when it eliminated her position as director of the Department of Recreation. The town’s attorney, Melissa Hewey of Portland, argued that because defense attorney …

Justices hear arguments in colleague’s decision over law firm sanctions

By Judy Harrison on June 13, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.
BANGOR — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court considered Monday whether a Portland law firm should have notified the Board of Overseers of the Bar about possible unprofessional conduct by a colleague sooner than they did. Scott Davis, attorney for the board, is asking the full court to overturn the decision …