Maine Supreme Judicial Court Decisions 2018

In re Adoption of Shayleigh S.  
Date: December 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 165
Docket Number: 2018 ME 165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgments entered by the probate court terminating Father’s parental rights to his two children in anticipation of an adoption, holding that the court did not err in its use of sta...

Doe v. Department of Health & Human Services  
Date: December 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 164
Docket Number: 2018 ME 164

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services to deny John Doe’s request for a review of the Department’s 2003 substantiation of him fo...

City of Portland v. Chau  
Date: December 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 161
Docket Number: 2018 ME 161

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that the City of Portland had proved that Appellant, the owner of an apartment building, had violated violated fire, electrical, and life saf...

State v. Burton  
Date: December 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 162
Docket Number: 2018 ME 162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of intentional or knowing murder and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, holding that the court did not err in the way...

In re Child of Stephenie F.  
Date: December 11, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 163
Docket Number: 2018 ME 163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a), holding that the court’s findings were supported b...

In re Child of Kaysean M.  
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 156
Docket Number: 2018 ME 156

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv), holding that Father rec...

In re Child of Adam E.  
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 157
Docket Number: 2018 ME 157

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the eviden...

In re Child of Domenick B.  
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 158
Docket Number: 2018 ME 158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child, holding that sufficient evidence supported the court’s finding of parental unfitness and that the cou...

In re Child of Edward F.  
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 159
Docket Number: 2018 ME 159

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his three children, holding that the court did not err in its unfitness or best interest determinations. Spe...

State of Maine v. Travis R. Gerrier (Errata)
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 160
State v. Gerrier  
Date: December 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 160
Docket Number: 2018 ME 160

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction of gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, and furnishing liquor to a minor, holding that the court did not err in determining that Appellant was competen...

In re Child of Tanya C.  
Date: November 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 153
Docket Number: 2018 ME 153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her youngest child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv), holding tha...

Opinion of the Justices
Date: November 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 154
State v. Matatall  
Date: November 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 155
Docket Number: 2018 ME 155

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of operating under the influence (OUI) with one prior OUI offense, holding that the court did not abuse its discretion during the p...

Guardianship of David P.  
Date: November 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 151
Docket Number: 2018 ME 151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the probate court appointing the Department of Health and Human Services as David P.’s limited public guardian pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 18-A, 5-601, holding that any...

Gammon v. Boggs  
Date: November 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 152
Docket Number: 2018 ME 151

Justia Opinion Summary: In this dispute over the location of the boundary between the land of Appellees and the land of Appellants, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court declaring the location of that boundary l...

In re Child of Mercedes D.  
Date: November 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 149
Docket Number: 2018 ME 149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to their child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv), ho...

In re Child of Troy C.  
Date: November 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 150
Docket Number: 2018 ME 150

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Mother and Father to their child pursuant to me. Rev. Stat. 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv), holding t...

In re Child of Matthew R.  
Date: November 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 148
Docket Number: 2018 ME 148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Appellant’s parental rights to his son, holding that the court did not err or abuse its discretion in finding that the factors supported...

In re Children of Anthony M.  
Date: November 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 146
Docket Number: 2018 ME 146

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to their two older children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), holding...

State of Maine v. Troy D. Hastey (Errata)
Date: November 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 147
State v. Hastey  
Date: November 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 147
Docket Number: 2018 ME 147

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether evidence of the factual circumstances underpinning Defendant’s prior manslaughter conviction was admissible to establish an enhancing factor necessary to convict Defendant of the Class B offense of o...

Town of Glenburn v. Pinkham  
Date: October 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 145
Docket Number: 2018 ME 145

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of the Town of Glenburn on its land use violation complaint but vacated the civil penalty imposed by the district court, holding that the record was...

In re Child of Charles V.  
Date: October 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 143
Docket Number: 2018 ME 143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child, holding that the record supported the court’s finding of parental unfitness. Specifically, the Co...

State v. Martin  
Date: October 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 144
Docket Number: 2018 ME 144

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s judgment of conviction for operating under the influence (Class D), holding that the motion court did not err by denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence of Defendan...

State v. Winchester  
Date: October 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 142
Docket Number: 2018 ME 142

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed orders of the trial court denying Appellant’s motions to suppress evidence that was seized by the local police department and state police and then returned to the individuals who repo...

Argereow v. Weisberg  
Date: October 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 140
Docket Number: 2018 ME 140

Justia Opinion Summary: After correcting one aspect of the judgment, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting Defendants’ motions to dismiss Plaintiff’s complaint stemming from a hospital’s decision not to...

Sweeney v. Department of Corrections  
Date: October 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 141
Docket Number: 2018 ME 141

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing as untimely Appellant’s petition seeking review of a rule promulgated by the Department of Corrections (DOC), holding that the court should...

In re Child of Heath D.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 131
Docket Number: 2018 ME 131

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Father and Mother to their child, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. After a hearing on th...

In re Child of Joshua S.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 132
Docket Number: 2018 ME 132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to 22 Me. Rev. Stat. 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that there was no abuse of dis...

In re Child of Christine M.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 133
Docket Number: 2018 ME 133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child, holding that there was no abuse of discretion in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court h...

In re Child of Kimberlee C.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 134
Docket Number: 2018 ME 134

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her youngest child, holding that there was no abuse of discretion in the proceedings below. Specifically, th...

In re Child of Maranatha K.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 135
Docket Number: 2018 ME 135

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child, holding that there was sufficient evidence in the record to support the court’s findings and that...

In re Children of Benjamin D.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 136
Docket Number: 2018 ME 136

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his two children, holding that the evidence supported the court’s findings and discretionary determinations....

In re Child of Tiffany F.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 137
Docket Number: 2018 ME 137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding circumstances of jeopardy to Mother’s newborn child’s health and welfare pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4002(6)(A)-(B), 4035(2), holding that...

In re Child of T'Mara C.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 138
Docket Number: 2018 ME 138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child, holding that the record supported the finding of parental unfitness to the standard of clear and c...

In re Child of Angela H.  
Date: October 4, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 139
Docket Number: 2018 ME 139

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that Mother’s minor child was in jeopardy pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4035, holding that there was competent evidence in the record to sup...

David Trask v. Fraternal Order of Police et al. (Errata)
Date: September 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 130
Trask v. Fraternal Order of Police  
Date: September 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 130
Docket Number: 2018 ME 130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Maine Labor Relations Board in favor of the Fraternal Order of Police (the Union) on Plaintiff’s prohibited practice co...

State of Maine v. Donna Pagnani (Errata)
Date: August 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 129
State v. Pagnani  
Date: August 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 129
Docket Number: 2018 ME 129

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part an order of the trial court suppressing evidence seized pursuant to a warrantless search of Defendant’s jacket and vehicle, holding that the search of Defen...

Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Gary M. Prolman (Errata)
Date: August 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 128
Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Gary M. Prolman
Date: August 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 128
State v. Philogene  
Date: August 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 126
Docket Number: 2018 ME 126

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court denying Jerry Philogene’s motion to set aside a default and for relief from a judgment, holding that Philogene demonstrated excusable neglect. The de...

Maine Equal Justice Partners v. Commissioner, Department of Health & Human Services  
Date: August 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 127
Docket Number: 2018 ME 127

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the appeal brought by the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) from a partial judgment entered in the Business and Consumer Docket mandating the implementation of one...

Oliver v. Eastern Maine Medical Center  
Date: August 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 123
Docket Number: 2018 ME 123

Justia Opinion Summary: In this professional negligence action, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court concluding that Defendant, a medical center, was not negligent when it discharged Plaintiffs’ father, who die...

State v. Reynolds  
Date: August 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 124
Docket Number: 2018 ME 124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for four counts of gross sexual assault and other sex offenses, holding that none of Defendant’s assignments of error required reversal. Specifically, the Cour...

Vermont Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ben-Ami  
Date: August 21, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 125
Docket Number: 2018 ME 125

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the availability of homeowner’s liability insurance coverage for damages resulting from injuries Jonathan Ben-Ami received after Joshua Francoeur, a fellow high-school student, punched Ben-Ami a number of ti...

Seth T. Carey v. Board of Overseers of the Bar et al. (Errata)
Date: August 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 119
Carey v. Board of Overseers of the Bar  
Date: August 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 119
Docket Number: 2017 ME 119

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in an order that resulted in judgment for all defendants on Plaintiff’s complaint, holdi...

Conservation Law Foundation v. Public Utilities Commission  
Date: August 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 120
Docket Number: 2018 ME 120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal challenging the promulgation of a final rule by the Public Utilities Commission, holding that this Court does not have original jurisdiction over appeals from administrati...

M&T Bank v. Plaisted  
Date: August 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 121
Docket Number: 2018 ME 121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated a judgment of foreclosure entered by the district court in favor of M&T Bank following a nonjury trial on M&T Bank’s complaint and remanded for entry of a judgment in favor of Lawrence...

Richard v. Secretary of State  
Date: August 16, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 122
Docket Number: 2018 ME 122

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the decision of the Secretary of State to impose a three-year administrative suspension of Appellant’s driver’s license based on a fatal ac...

State v. Journet  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 114
Docket Number: 2018 ME 114

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs following his guilty plea, holding that the motion court did not err in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evid...

Sullivan v. George  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 115
Docket Number: 2018 ME 115

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce proceeding, the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the district court’s child support order but affirmed the divorce judgment in all other respects, holding that the record did not support the factors used by...

State v. Davis  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 116
Docket Number: 2018 ME 116

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of ten charges, including two counts of intentional or knowing murder, holding that the trial court did not err by allowing the jur...

State v. J.R.  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 117
Docket Number: 2018 ME 117

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court, sitting as the juvenile court, that adjudicated J.R. of having committed two counts of criminal mischief and three counts of theft, holding that the...

McCain v. Vanadia  
Date: August 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 118
Docket Number: 2018 ME 118

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court remanded the matter without reaching the merits of the appeal, holding that the discovery order challenged on appeal was now a nullity and did not govern future pr...

State v. Miller  
Date: August 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 112
Docket Number: 2018 ME 112

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of twenty-eight counts of gross sexual assault, holding that the evidence was sufficient to convict Defendant of each count of gross sexual assault. Defendant w...

State of Maine v. Gregory Nisbet (Errata)
Date: August 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 113
State v. Nisbet  
Date: August 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 113
Docket Number: 2018 ME 113

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for violating a public safety fire rule, holding that Defendant’s arguments on appeal were unavailing. Defendant was convicted of failing to comply with section...

Goggin v. State Tax Assessor  
Date: August 2, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 111
Docket Number: 2018 ME 111

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that an individual resident of Maine was not entitled to a Maine income tax credit for any portion of business taxes imposed by New Hampshire on a New Hampshire limited liability company o...

State v. Cannady  
Date: July 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 106
Docket Number: 2018 ME 106

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the statutory notification process necessary for a conviction for operating after habitual offender revocation is not satisfied where the Secretary of State elects to mail the notification of...

In re Child of Ronald W.  
Date: July 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 107
Docket Number: 2018 ME 107

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(ii), holding that the evidence suppo...

State v. Palmer  
Date: July 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 108
Docket Number: 2018 ME 108

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of aggravated operating under the influence and aggravated assault, holding that the court did not err in denying Defendant’s motio...

State v. Leblanc-Simpson  
Date: July 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 109
Docket Number: 2018 ME 109

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether a defendant who has conditions of release set by a judicial officer can be convicted of violation of a condition of release for acts committed while in jail after not securing release on bail. Defen...

State v. Heffron  
Date: July 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 102
Docket Number: 2018 ME 102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the Unified Criminal Docket convicting Defendant of violating a protection order, holding that Defendant’s posts on his Facebook page, including threatening ones, direc...

Martin v. Department of Corrections  
Date: July 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 103
Docket Number: 2018 ME 103

Justia Opinion Summary: The “prisoner mailbox rule” applies when a prisoner is forced to rely on the Department of Corrections to ensure that his Me. R. Civ. P. 80C petition is filed, that prisoner places the petition into the control of the De...

Petersen v. Overbeke  
Date: July 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 104
Docket Number: 2018 ME 104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court modifying Father’s child support obligation to Mother regarding the parties’ minor child, holding that the court had authority to modify child support...

Town of Mount Vernon v. Landherr  
Date: July 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 105
Docket Number: 2018 ME 105

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court in favor of the Town of Mount Vernon on its land use violation complaint filed pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 30-A, 4452 and Me. R. Civ. P. 80K, holding...

State v. Hopkins  
Date: July 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 100
Docket Number: 2018 ME 100

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction of manslaughter entered in the trial court, following a jury trial, holding that Defendant’s contentions of error were unavailing. Specifically, the Court h...

Doe v. Tierney  
Date: July 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 101
Docket Number: 2018 ME 101

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding that Plaintiff was abused by Defendant and granting a two-year extension of a protection from abuse order to Plaintiff. The Court held (1)...

Clark v. Benton, LLC  
Date: July 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 99
Docket Number: 2018 ME 99

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court denying Benton, LLC’s motion for summary judgment and rejecting its claim that section 104 of the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act of 1992, Me. Rev. Stat...

Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government v. Town of Brunswick  
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 95
Docket Number: 2018 ME 95

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the determination of the superior court that Plaintiffs’ Me. R. Civ. P. 80B petition was moot, vacated the declaratory judgment entered by the court, and remanded for dismissal of the...

In re Children of Bethmarie R.  
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 96
Docket Number: 2018 ME 96

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding jeopardy as to two of Mother’s children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4035 and ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to cease...

State of Maine v. Kashawn McLaughlin (Errata)
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 97
State v. McLaughlin  
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 97
Docket Number: 2018 ME 97

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, in violation of Me. Rev. Stat. 17-A, 1105-A(1)(D), holding that section 1105-A(1)(D)...

West v. Jewett & Noonan Transportation, Inc.  
Date: July 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 98
Docket Number: 2018 ME 98

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether, when the defendant has caused a physical invasion of the plaintiff’s property, the plaintiff must present evidence of a specific diminution in market value in order to successfully prove nuisance....

In re Child of Everett S.  
Date: July 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 93
Docket Number: 2018 ME 93

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Father and Mother (together, Parents) to their son pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a),...

State v. Hollis  
Date: July 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 94
Docket Number: 2018 ME 94

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court held that the trial court did not err in determining that the State did not engage in purposeful discrimination when it used a peremptory challenge that excluded from the jury the sole person o...

In re Child of Amber L.  
Date: July 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 91
Docket Number: 2018 ME 91

Justia Opinion Summary: Clear and convincing evidence supported the district court’s finding that Mother was unfit as a parent, and the district court acted within its discretion in determining that termination of Mother’s parental rights was i...

Fahnley v. State  
Date: July 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 92
Docket Number: 2018 ME 92

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting Appellant’s petition for postconviction relief and vacating his conviction of sexual abuse of a minor, holding that the court’s factual finding...

State v. Carrillo  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 84
Docket Number: 2018 ME 84

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal brought by Sharon Carrillo from an order of the trial court denying her motion to disqualify the State’s attorneys from further participation in her prosecution for murder, holding...

State of Maine v. Lyanne Lemeunier-Fitzgerald (Errata)
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 85
State v. Lemeunier-Fitzgerald  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 85
Docket Number: 2018 ME 85

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress his blood-alcohol test results as having been procured without a warrant and without voluntary consent, holding that Defendan...

McNutt v. McNutt  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 86
Docket Number: 2018 ME 86

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court finding John McNutt (Dan) in contempt of the parties’ earlier divorce judgment and increasing his spousal support obligation to Janice McNutt. On a...

In re Child of Lindsay D.  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 87
Docket Number: 2018 ME 87

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i),(iv), holding that the eviden...

Higgins v. Wood  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 88
Docket Number: 2018 ME 88

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the Supreme Judicial Court clarified the circumstances in which a court order that anticipates a change in child support upon the occurrence of future events will be self-effectuating. In 2007, Todd Wood...

Department of Health and Human Services v. Fagone  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 89
Docket Number: 2018 ME 89

Justia Opinion Summary: A Department of Health and Human Services hearing officer erred in concluding that a child support ordered entered in James Fagone’s divorce from Kristin Fagone authorized the Department’s Division of Support Enforcement...

Puritan Medical Products Co. v. Copan Italia S.p.A.  
Date: July 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 90
Docket Number: 2018 ME 90

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a summary judgment entered in the Business and Consumer Docket in favor of Copay Italia S.p.A. on Puritan Medical Products Company’s claim that Copay violated Maine’s Actions for Bad F...

Wawenock, LLC v. Department of Transportation  
Date: June 28, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 83
Docket Number: 2018 ME 83

Justia Opinion Summary: The Business and Consumer Docket did not err by determining that the Sensible Transportation Policy Act (STPA), Me. Rev. Stat. 23, 73, afforded the plaintiffs, who sought declaratory and injunctive relief regarding the D...

In re Children of Jeremy A.  
Date: June 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 82
Docket Number: 2018 ME 82

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Parents’ parental rights to their two children and denying their motions to reopen the record and for relief from judgment. On appeal, P...

State v. Blum  
Date: June 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 78
Docket Number: 2018 ME 78

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a bail condition order prohibiting Defendant from possessing a “dangerous weapon” issued by a New Hampshire bail commissioner was a “similar order issued by a court…of another state” pursuant...

In re Child of Emily K.  
Date: June 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 79
Docket Number: 2018 ME 79

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court’s judgment terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child. On appeal, Mother argued that the district court erred in determining that the termination of her pare...

State v. Villacci  
Date: June 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 80
Docket Number: 2018 ME 80

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant, after a jury trial, of domestic violence assault and violating a condition of release, holding that certain errors in the jury inst...

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC v. Burrill  
Date: June 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 81
Docket Number: 2018 ME 81

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the district court’s grant of partial summary judgment in favor of Avis Rent A Car System, LLC on Avis’s claim for breach of contract but vacated the court’s award of damages. Defenda...

Bourgoin v. Twin Rivers Paper Co., LLC  
Date: June 14, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 77
Docket Number: 2018 ME 77

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the decision of the Appellate Division affirming the order of the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) requiring Plaintiff’s former employer (Defendant) to pay for medical marijuana used...

In re Children of Nicole M.  
Date: June 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 75
Docket Number: 2018 ME 75

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Parents’ parental rights to their three children while also approving a permanency guardianship as a possible permanency plan. After Par...

Lamkin v. Lamkin  
Date: June 12, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 76
Docket Number: 2018 ME 76

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court concluding that Appellant did not have standing to pursue a claim for visitation rights with her grandchild pursuant to the Grandparents Visitation A...

Papadopoulos v. Phillips  
Date: June 7, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 74
Docket Number: 2018 ME 74

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the child support order and the associated part of the divorce judgment in this case and remanded to the trial court for clarification because the child support order and the judgment were incon...

Carey v. Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar  
Date: June 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 73
Docket Number: 2018 ME 73

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this interlocutory appeal brought by Defendants challenging the superior court’s denial of their motion to seal or strike, holding that Defendants did not demonstrate the irreparable...

Davis v. McGuire  
Date: May 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 72
Docket Number: 2018 ME 72

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant’s complaint seeking to be determined a de facto parent of her grandson. The district court concluded, after a contested hearing,...

State v. Leon  
Date: May 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 70
Docket Number: 2018 ME 70

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of assault, holding that Defendant was not denied a fair trial because one of the jurors reported that she had felt pressured to re...

In re Child of Stephen E.  
Date: May 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 71
Docket Number: 2018 ME 71

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv), holding that Father fai...

Begin v. State  
Date: May 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 69
Docket Number: 2018 ME 69

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Appellant’s petition for release and discharge from the custody of the Commissioner of Health and Human Services pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 1...

Adoption of Parker J.  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 63
Docket Number: 2018 ME 63

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the district court denying the maternal grandmother’s petition to adopt Parker J., granting the adoption to Parker’s paternal grandmother on her petition, and also grant...

In re Children of Tasha R.  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 64
Docket Number: 2018 ME 64

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to two of her children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv). On app...

State v. Matthews  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 65
Docket Number: 2018 ME 65

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant, after a jury trial, of aggravated assault. Defendant, a mixed martial arts fighter, repeatedly punched the victim in the head, re...

Guardianship of Ella M. Grenier (Errata)
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 66
In re Guardianship of Ella M. Grenier  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 66
Docket Number: 2018 ME 66

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment entered by the probate court granting the petition of Ella’s maternal grandmother for temporary guardianship, holding that the evidence did not support the court’s finding...

Dubois v. Office of the Attorney General  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 67
Docket Number: 2018 ME 67

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part an order of the superior court upholding in part a decision of the Maine Office of the Attorney General (OAG) denying Dubois Livestock, Inc.’s Freedom of Ac...

Dubois v. Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry  
Date: May 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 68
Docket Number: 2018 ME 68

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the order of the superior court affirming in part the decision of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) to deny portions of Appellants’ request for records pu...

In re Children of Dani B.  
Date: May 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 62
Docket Number: 2018 ME 62

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her children, holding that the record supported the finding of parental unfitness. Specifically, the Court he...

State v. Olah  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 56
Docket Number: 2018 ME 56

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the order of the trial court quashing Appellant’s subpoenas of mental health records of the alleged victim without first viewing the records in camera and remanded for the production an...

In re Child of Kelcie L.  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 57
Docket Number: 2018 ME 57

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to their daughter pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i),(ii), and (...

State v. Bean  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 58
Docket Number: 2018 ME 58

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s sentence entered in the Unified Criminal Docket following Defendant’s guilty plea to two counts of aggravated criminal operating under the influence and possession of a fir...

State v. Lopez  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 59
Docket Number: 2018 ME 59

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of conviction entered by the sentencing court following Defendant’s guilty plea to an information charging him with felony murder. The sentencing court imposed a prison se...

State v. Adams  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 60
Docket Number: 2018 ME 60

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed Appellant’s appeal from a judgment of conviction of manslaughter following Appellant’s unconditional open guilty plea, holding that Appellant provided no persuasive reason for the Cou...

State v. Plante  
Date: April 26, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 61
Docket Number: 2018 ME 61

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed the appeal brought by Appellant challenging his sentence requiring him to pay $7,500 in restitution based on his involvement in damaging rental property from which he was evicted. The...

In re Children of Amber L.  
Date: April 24, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 55
Docket Number: 2018 ME 55

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to their children. The Court held that the findings of the lower court were sufficient to support t...

Anctil v. Department of Corrections  
Date: April 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 53
Docket Number: 2018 ME 53

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court dismissing Petitioner’s complaint seeking review of a disciplinary decision of the Department of Corrections. In dismissing the petition, the superior...

McBride v. Worth  
Date: April 19, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 54
Docket Number: 2018 ME 54

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicially Court partially vacated the judgment of the district court granting Anne McBride’s motion to enforce Jeffrey Worth’s spousal support obligation pursuant to the parties’ divorce judgment, granting W...

In re Child of Portia L.  
Date: April 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 51
Docket Number: 2018 ME 51

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her daughter pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that there w...

Maine Senate v. Secretary of State  
Date: April 17, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 52
Docket Number: 2018 ME 52

Justia Opinion Summary: Ranked-choice voting is the current statutory law of Maine for the primary elections scheduled for June 12, 2018. The superior court reported seven questions to the Supreme Judicial Court addressing the Secretary of Sta...

In re Child of James R.  
Date: April 10, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 50
Docket Number: 2018 ME 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), holding that the court did not err in...

Fitzpatrick v. McCrary  
Date: April 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 48
Docket Number: 2018 ME 48

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment entered by the district court denying Father’s Me. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion for relief from judgment after the court granted Mother’s motion to modify a parental rights and...

Schulz v. Doeppe  
Date: April 5, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 49
Docket Number: 2018 ME 49

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of divorce, defaulting Husband, holding that the district court did not err in determining that service by publication was adequate. When Wife filed a complaint for prote...

In re Child of Daniel Q.  
Date: April 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 45
Docket Number: 2018 ME 45

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (iv), holding that the evide...

Melevsky v. Secretary of State  
Date: April 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 46
Docket Number: 2018 ME 46

Justia Opinion Summary: The evidence presented to the Secretary of State’s hearing examiner supported the determination that Walter Melevsky III failed to submit to a test of his blood-alcohol concentration, and therefore, the hearing examiner...

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company v. Eddins  
Date: April 3, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 47
Docket Number: 2018 ME 47

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of foreclosure entered by the superior court in favor of Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, holding that the superior court abused its discretion by admitting into evide...

State of Maine v. Keith Coleman (Errata)
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 41
State v. Coleman  
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 41
Docket Number: 2018 ME 41

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for three counts of murder and one count of gross sexual assault and the sentences of life imprisonment imposed on each of the murder counts. The Court held (1)...

State v. Haji-Hassan  
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 42
Docket Number: 2018 ME 42

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of intentional or knowing murder. The Court held (1) the trial court did not abuse its discretion or commit obvious error when it e...

In re Child of Gustavus E.  
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 43
Docket Number: 2018 ME 43

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(b) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii). The Court held (1) the district cour...

Estate of Carroll G. Frye v. MMG Insurance Co.  
Date: March 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 44
Docket Number: 2018 ME 44

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the superior court entering summary judgment in favor of Curtis Frye, Daryl Frye, and the Estate of Carroll Frye (collectively, the Estate) on the Estate’s action seekin...

State v. Marquis  
Date: March 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 39
Docket Number: 2018 ME 39

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment convicting Defendant of three counts of possession of sexually explicit material, thus denying Defendant’s challenges to the denial of his motion to suppress...

State v. Weckerly  
Date: March 20, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 40
Docket Number: 2018 ME 40

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of arson. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court violated his right to be protected against double jeopardy by admitting i...

In re Children of Alice R.  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 33
Docket Number: 2018 ME 33

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s and Father’s parental rights to their child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (b)(ii). The...

Deah v. Cuthbert  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 34
Docket Number: 2018 ME 34

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not err in granting Plaintiff’s petition for a protection from abuse order against Defendant, her boyfriend. After a hearing, the district court found that Defendant had abused Plaintiff and issu...

Kittery Point Partners, LLC v. Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 35
Docket Number: 2018 ME 35

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court dismissed this appeal from a partial summary judgment entered by the superior court in favor of Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC and M&T Mortgage Corporation as interlocutory, holding that the judgm...

In re Child of Nuradin A.  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 36
Docket Number: 2018 ME 36

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (ii), (iv). The Court held (...

State v. Sullivan  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 37
Docket Number: 2018 ME 37

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, and unlawful possession of oxycodone. On app...

State v. Bard  
Date: March 15, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 38
Docket Number: 2018 ME 38

Justia Opinion Summary: In this criminal case, the Supreme Court dismissed Defendant’s appeal from the dismissal of his motion to vacate as moot and remanded the case for further proceedings. While Defendant’s competency to stand trial was und...

In re Child of Nicholas M.  
Date: March 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 30
Docket Number: 2018 ME 30

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (ii), (iv). Contrary to Fath...

In re Child of Heather W.  
Date: March 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 31
Docket Number: 2018 ME 31

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights to her daughter pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i), (ii), (iv). The Court hel...

In re Child of Eric K.  
Date: March 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 32
Docket Number: 2018 ME 32

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii). The Court held (1) the district cou...

SAD 3 Education Ass’n v. RSU 3 Board of Directors  
Date: March 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 29
Docket Number: 2018 ME 29

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court on consolidated Rule 80C appeals from the decision of the Maine Labor Relations Board (MLRB) on the School Administrative District 3 Education Associ...

Bayberry Cove Children's Land Trust v. Town of Steuben  
Date: February 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 28
Docket Number: 2018 ME 28

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Steuben’s taking of an interest in Rogers Point Road by eminent domain pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 23, 3023 was constitutional because it arose from a public exigency and was for public use. Bayberry Cove Chi...

SAD 3 Education Association v. RSU 3 Board of Directors et al.
Date: February 27, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 29
Olson v. Town of Yarmouth  
Date: February 22, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 27
Docket Number: 2018 ME 27

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court affirming the Town of Yarmouth Planning Board’s approval of a site plan application by Verizon Wireless to install wireless communication equipment o...

Boyd v. Manter  
Date: February 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 25
Docket Number: 2018 ME 25

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the amended judgment entered in the district court granting Edward Manter’s motion to modify and amending the parties’ 2008 divorce judgment as amended. The...

State v. Nobles  
Date: February 13, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 26
Docket Number: 2018 ME 26

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for operating under the influence (OUI), operating after habitual offender revocation, and driving to endanger, entered by the trial court after a jury trial. Th...

Urrutia v. Interstate Brands International  
Date: February 8, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 24
Docket Number: 2018 ME 24

Justia Opinion Summary: Me. Rev. Stat. 39-A, 221 entitles an employer to a credit for workers’ compensation benefits previously paid for the same liability period when the employee was also receiving Social Security retirement benefits. Plain...

State v. French  
Date: February 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 21
Docket Number: 2018 ME 21

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of hindering apprehension, obstructing government administration, and refusing to submit to arrest. On appeal, Defendant argued tha...

State v. Hassan  
Date: February 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 22
Docket Number: 2018 ME 22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment of the trial court denying the State’s motion to reconsider the court’s order dismissing, with prejudice, thirteen of the State’s fifteen counts against Defendant as a sanc...

Mooar v. Greenleaf  
Date: February 6, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 23
Docket Number: 2018 ME 23

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce action, the district court failed to set forth adequate findings on the issues raised by Appellant in a Me. R. Civ. P. 52 motion regarding spousal support and property classification. On appeal from a d...

In re Corey T.  
Date: February 1, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 20
Docket Number: 2018 ME 20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Health and Human Services initiated a child protection proceeding. The court entered a preliminary protection order and placed Corey in Department custody on April 22, 2017, the day the child was born....

In re Adoption of Paisley  
Date: January 30, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 19
Docket Number: 2018 ME 19

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the application of the consent to adoption statute, Me. Rev. Stat. 18-A, 9-302, to contested adoption proceedings heard in the district court following a district court judgment terminating parental rights c...

State of Maine v. Douglas Annis (Errata)
Date: January 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 15
State v. Annis  
Date: January 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 15
Docket Number: 2018 ME 15

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of possession of sexually explicit material depicting a minor under twelve years old and the sentence imposed in connection with the convict...

State v. Prinkleton  
Date: January 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 16
Docket Number: 2018 ME 16

Justia Opinion Summary: The motion court did not err by applying the inevitable discovery doctrine to deny Defendant's motion to suppress evidence of drugs found on his person before the issuance of a search warrant. The Unified Criminal Docke...

State v. Jones  
Date: January 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 17
Docket Number: 2018 ME 17

Justia Opinion Summary: Me. Rev. Stat. 17-A, 1112 is facially constitutional, and, in the instant case, the trial court’s admission of a lab certificate in lieu of live witness testimony pursuant to that statute was not a violation of Defendant...

In re Robert M.A. Nadeau  
Date: January 25, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 18
Docket Number: 2018 ME 18

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court concluded that former York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau violated Rule 2.11(A) of the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct when he participated in the resolution of a case after acknowledging that h...

Manirakiza v. Department of Health & Human Services  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 10
Docket Number: 2018 ME 10

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court vacated the judgment entered by the superior court upholding the final agency decision of the Department of Health and Human Services denying Appellant’s application for food supplement benefit...

In re Zarianna C.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 11
Docket Number: 2018 ME 11

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his three children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii). On appeal, Fat...

In re Asanah S.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 12
Docket Number: 2018 ME 12

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iii). On appeal, Father argu...

In re Meena H.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 13
Docket Number: 2018 ME 13

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating the parental rights of Father and Mother to their children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii). On...

State v. Chase  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 14
Docket Number: 2018 ME 14

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court, entered after a jury trial, finding that Defendant had committed the civil violations of improperly displaying a registration plate and failing to r...

In re Aurora M.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 4
Docket Number: 2018 ME 4

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his two children pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv). On appeal, Fathe...

State v. Bates  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 5
Docket Number: 2018 ME 5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial, which Defendant brought pursuant to the post-conviction DNA analysis statute, Me. Rev. Stat. 15, 2135-2138....

In re Dante C.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 6
Docket Number: 2018 ME 6

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Mother’s parental rights pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2). On appeal, counsel for Mother filed an appellate bri...

In re Emma C.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 7
Docket Number: 2018 ME 7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights to his child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(iv). On appeal, Father argue...

In re Emma S.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 8
Docket Number: 2018 ME 8

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Parents’ parental rights to their child pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii). On appeal, Parents ch...

In re James C.  
Date: January 23, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 9
Docket Number: 2018 ME 9

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the district court terminating Father’s parental rights pursuant to Me. Rev. Stat. 22, 4055(1)(A)(1)(a) and (B)(2)(a), (b)(i)-(ii), (iv). On appeal, Father argued that...

State v. Fulton  
Date: January 18, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 3
Docket Number: 2018 ME 3

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the judgment of the juvenile court adjudicating Appellant of the juvenile crime of gross sexual assault. On appeal, Appellant argued that the evidence was insufficient to support the a...

In re Estate of Stephen E. Libby  
Date: January 9, 2018
Citation: 2018 ME 1
Docket Number: 2018 ME 1

Justia Opinion Summary: The probate court did not err in adopting the report of a referee and imposing a constructive trust on Plaintiff’s interests in real property, but remand is necessary for the probate court to enter an appropriate judgmen...

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