Judge allows more DNA tests in 34-year-old killing in MaineJuly 25, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has granted a request for additional DNA tests by a man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago.
Dennis Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and sexual assault of Sarah Cherry, who was abducted while babysitting in Bowdoin.
$1B hydropower project’s fate rests with Maine supreme courtMay 10, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proponents in Maine of a stalled $1 billion energy corridor that sought to bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid asked the state’s high court to breathe new life into the project Tuesday.
1st Black justice ready to serve on Maine’s supreme courtMay 4, 2022 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The first African American to serve on Maine’s highest court was sworn in Wednesday, and he said he’s ready to get to work.
Rick Lawrence said he's already reading legal briefs to bring himself up to speed on some of the cases before the court.
Intertidal zone belongs to beachfront owners, judge saysApril 21, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state judge ruled that the intertidal zone belongs to beachfront property owners but the judge's ruling didn’t specify what activities, if any, might be allowed there.
The ruling was a setback for plaintiffs who sued last year to overturn private ownership of the waterfront land between the high and low tide marks.
Maine Senate confirms first Black justice to top state courtApril 12, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate unanimously voted on Tuesday to confirm the first Black justice to the state's highest court.
A legislative panel voted last week to confirm Rick Lawrence to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Maine panel confirms potential 1st Black judge on top courtApril 8, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A legislative panel voted Friday to confirm a Maine judge who could become the first African American to serve on Maine’s highest court.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills nominated Rick Lawrence to serve on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Maine governor to appoint first Black justice to high courtMarch 7, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor has nominated a veteran judge to become the first Black justice on the state's highest court.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, nominated Rick Lawrence to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court post on Monday.
Owner of statue of segregationist judge says it’s in storageFebruary 17, 2022 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The owner of a statue of a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice said he has removed it at the request of county commissioners.
The statue of Melville Fuller, who was from Maine, was removed without warning from its granite base outside Kennebec County Courthouse on Sunday.
Convicted murderer asks for new DNA test on victim’s clothesDecember 11, 2021 GMT
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago is asking a court to allow advanced DNA testing on the victim's clothes.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Dennis Dechaine attended a Superior Court hearing virtually on Friday at the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland.
Maine supreme court upholds murder conviction of NC manSeptember 28, 2021 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Tuesday upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of one of three people convicted in a deadly home invasion.
Christopher Murray, of Red Springs, North Carolina, contended the judge erred in instructing the jury and in preventing an expert witness from telling jurors the surviving victim was likely “confabulating” her memory.
Parties still tweaking redistricting proposals in MaineSeptember 10, 2021 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chair of a bipartisan redistricting commission said proposed maps developed by Republicans and Democrats will likely be released in a week or two, ahead of a Sept. 27 deadline.
Unvaccinated lawyer required to wear mask during trialJuly 22, 2021 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An attorney who declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 had to wear a mask during a trial this week after losing an appeal to the state supreme court.
Darrick X. Banda, who likened the mask to “a dunce cap,” said the timing of new court rules this month didn't give him time to be vaccinated, even if he'd wanted to do so.
40-year sentence upheld for man who killed his roommateJuly 22, 2021 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's supreme court has upheld a 40-year prison sentence imposed on a man who killed his roommate in Old Orchard Beach.
Dustan Bentley pleaded guilty to murder in the death of 65-year-old William Popplewell, who was beaten, stabbed and strangled with a ligature.
Maine confirms new chief justice for highest courtJune 3, 2021 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate on Thursday confirmed a veteran district court judge as the new chief justice of the state's highest court.
Valerie Stanfill will take over as chief of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and oversee operations in the Maine Judicial Branch.
Top court: Social media posts violate no-contact orderJuly 24, 2018 GMT
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...
Court seeks justification for unusual hate crime orderDecember 24, 2017 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's high court this week ordered a lower court to explain why potential jail time for any future hate crimes he might commit would be justified for a Turner man convicted of twice ramming into the car of a man he believed was gay...
Court rejects claim of ‘excessive friendliness’ by policeJune 21, 2017 GMT
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...