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Recent Decisions From the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

In re Henry B.  
Date: April 20, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 72
Docket Number: 2017 ME 72

Justia Opinion Summary: After Henry B. was admitted to Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC), PBMC staff applied to involuntarily commit Henry pursuant to the “white paper” procedures of Me. Rev. Stat. 34-B, 3863(5-A). After a commitment hearing, the d...

Mitchell v. Krieckhaus  
Date: April 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 70
Docket Number: 2017 ME 70

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Joyce Mitchell filed a complaint for divorce from Alexander Krieckhaus. In 2016, the parties reached a settlement agreement. A stipulated order on children’s issues was signed by the court on that date. The cour...

State of Maine v. Nathan P. Tarbox (Errata)
Date: April 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 71
State v. Tarbox  
Date: April 18, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 71
Docket Number: 2017 ME 71

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime or injury. The court sentenced Defendant to three years’ incarceration with all but nine months suspended...

John F. Murphy Homes, Inc. v. State  
Date: April 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 67
Docket Number: 2017 ME 67

Justia Opinion Summary: John F. Murphy Homes, Inc. operates a private school that offers medical services that are paid for by MaineCare, a State Medicaid program. The State pays one-third of costs for MaineCare, a contribution commonly referre...

Green Tree Servicing, LLC v. Cope  
Date: April 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 68
Docket Number: 2017 ME 68

Justia Opinion Summary: Green Tree Servicing, LLC filed a complaint against Thelma Cope to foreclose on her residential property. Green Tree later moved to dismiss its foreclosure complaint without prejudice on the grounds that it lacked standi...

Jalbert v. Maine Public Employees Retirement System  
Date: April 11, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 69
Docket Number: 2017 ME 69

Justia Opinion Summary: Elizabeth Jalbert, a teacher, filed an application for disability retirement benefits with the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS) after she twice fell and slipped on ice, hitting her head each time. An Exec...

Canney v. Strathglass Holdings, LLC  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 64
Docket Number: 2017 ME 64

Justia Opinion Summary: Amy Canney’s minor child, Nicholai, was bitten by a dog kept by Eric Burns, a neighbor who performed on-call maintenance work on properties owned by Strathglass Holdings, Inc. Canney filed a complaint on behalf of Nichol...

State v. Sexton  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 65
Docket Number: 2017 ME 65

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of murder and one count of arson. The jury also found Defendant’s co-defendant guilty of three counts of murder and one count of arson. The Supreme Judicial Court...

In re Caleb M.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 66
Docket Number: 2017 ME 66

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother’s two children were removed from Mother’s care because of her substance abuse and consequent neglect. More than two and a half years later, the district court terminated Mother’s parental rights to her children. M...

State v. Brown  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 59
Docket Number: 2017 ME 59

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury-waived trial, Defendant was convicted of manslaughter. The court sentenced Defendant to twelve years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to establish that his actions...

Harshman v. Harshman  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 60
Docket Number: 2017 ME 60

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward Harshman instituted divorce proceedings against Sheila Harshman. Sheila counterclaimed for divorce. The court (1) adopted the parties’ agreement as to parental rights and contact, therefore awarding Sheila sole pa...

Fortune v. State  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 61
Docket Number: 2017 ME 61

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of fourteen criminal offenses, including four counts of aggravated attempted murder. The trial court imposed multiple life sentences in addition to multiple lesser sentences, a...

Vibert v. Dimoulas  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 62
Docket Number: 2017 ME 62

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father, who were never married, were the parents of two minor children. Mother filed a complaint seeking a determination of parental rights and responsibilities. The court ultimately awarded sole parental righ...

State v. Gagne  
Date: April 4, 2017
Citation: 2017 ME 63
Docket Number: 2017 ME 63

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of aggravated assault, and other charges. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment, holding that the trial court (1) d...

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