Judge Eugene Beaulieu once took the unusual step of overturning a decision that would have spared some fourth-graders from homework during the last two weeks of the school year.
It was in June 2003, a few years after he’d retired as a U.S. magistrate judge in Bangor, while he worked with students from the George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden on a mock trial exercise. Two teachers were accused of giving too much homework.
At the trial, held in a federal courtroom in Bangor, one teacher was convicted, the other acquitted. The student judges “sentenced” the guilty teacher to refrain from assigning homework.
Beaulieu, who died Sunday at the age of 88, reversed that decision to the disappointment of the students. He also offered them some legal advice — “Talk to your parents before you call a lawyer.”