Talkshoe Radio – Update on Article V Constitutional Convention Forum and “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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Call ID: 27398#

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Archived program, EPISODE 54, click here.

 

Related:  Talkshoe Radio – Discussion on the Article V Constitutional Convention with Special Guest Deborah Stevenson, click here.

The “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills, click here.

Talkshoe Radio – Office of the Attorney General and the 1855 Amendment

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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Archived program, EPISODE 53, click here.

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The “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills

State of Maine 1855 Amendment

The “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills

Talkshoe Radio (February 4, 2015) – Discussion on Governor Paul LePages’s Request For Opinion of the Justices With Phil Merletti and Lise DuPont, Author of “Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?” Click here.

Attorney General Janet Mills Asks The Maine Supreme Judicial Court Not To Take Action On Governor Paul LePage’s Questions, click here.

Documents:

 

Attorney General Janet Mills Asks The Maine Supreme Judicial Court Not To Take Action On Governor Paul LePage’s Questions

PPH reports “The governor has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to weigh in on whether he needs permission from Janet Mills to hire outside legal counsel in some cases.

Attorney General Janet Mills is asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to take no action on Gov. Paul LePage’s query last month on whether he must seek permission from Mills to hire outside legal counsel in cases where her office declines to defend the administration’s position.

Mills argued in papers filed Friday that the state’s highest court should find that LePage’s “request for opinion” sent on Jan. 23 does not meet the legal hurdle for the court to even consider it. She also argued that one question the governor posed has already been answered by the court in a 1989 ruling and that the other is overly hypothetical.

Lawyers for the governor, however, argued in their own brief filed Friday that LePage is asking serious questions that require an immediate answer. They argue that the court should find that a “solemn occasion” – the required legal hurdle for the justices to hear the questions – exists, and that LePage should be allowed freedom to hire outside lawyers as he chooses.

LePage’s letter to the court asking for intervention in his dispute with Mills marks the first significant effort in the Republican governor’s administration to strip power from the Democratic attorney general, who is elected by the Legislature as the state’s top legal officer.

The court plans to hear arguments on the governor’s request on Feb. 26. Friday was the deadline for the two sides and any other interested party to file briefs for the court to consider before oral arguments. The sides have until Feb. 13 to file additional responses.”

Read more HERE.

BDN reports” Attorney General Janet Mills says the Maine Supreme Judicial Court should ignore questions from Gov. Paul LePage about whether he must continue seeking her approval before hiring outside lawyers to represent the state.

If the attorney general refuses to represent the state in court, the state must obtain her permission to hire an outside attorney.

Mills argued in her brief that state law and previous Maine Supreme Judicial Court opinions make clear that the attorney general is responsible for approving outside counsel to represent any state agency.”

Read more HERE.

A.G. Mills “is responsible for approving outside counsel” and “the state must obtain her permission to hire an outside attorney.”

Peter Brann also filed a brief into this case. Brann was “Assistant Attorney General and then State Solicitor in the Attorney General’s Office between 1981 and 1999. Peter Brann now a partner at Brann & Isaacson, which has been hired as outside counsel on behalf of the State, with the Attorney General’s written approval, in a number of matters.”

Brann states in his brief “Moreover, the Attorney General and his staff are not the equivalent of a private law firm.”

They get around it…..sure has the appearance that the AG has a “private law firm” in its pocket.

Is the “fix” in? Does Peter Brann stand to gain financially with the status quo?

Related:  Talkshoe Radio – Discussion on Governor Paul LePages’s Request For Opinion of the Justices With Phil Merletti and Lise DuPont, Author of “Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?” Click here.

Talkshoe Radio – Discussion on Governor Paul LePages’s Request For Opinion of the Justices With Phil Merletti and Lise DuPont, Author of “Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

Call in Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 27398#

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Archived program, EPISODE 51, click here.

 

The ongoing dispute between Gov. Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills has reached the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Governor LePage requested an Opinion of the Justices regarding the proper constitutional responsibility and relationship between the Chief Executive and the Attorney General.

Governor LePage’s letter to the Maine Supreme Court, click here.

Maine Supreme Court Order, click here.

State of Maine 1855 Resolve, click here.

1975 Amendment

1975, Public Law – AN ACT Redistributing the Powers of the Executive Council

Maine Constitution (1820)

“Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go?”, author Lise Dupont. Click here.

Journalists Challenging Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Order…The Egg Has Cracked

WCSH6TV reports “Some local news outlets, including NEWS CENTER, are challenging a local judge on an order he issued in court Monday.

NEWS CENTER’s attorneys agree that this order is unconstitutional, and therefore, we are going to report the complete series of events that took place in court.

Anthony Sineni, who is a well-known lawyer, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges that stemmed from a domestic incident involving Sineni’s former girlfriend and the mother of his children. She was the only witness who testified in court. She spoke at length about the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of Sineni. She described the violence in detail and said that Sineni had told her children not report the abuse to police.

When Judge Moskowitz called Sineni’s case, he addressed the three members of the media in the room, which included a reporter and a photographer from WCSH-TV, and instructed them not to record any of the testimony given by witnesses. That’s a request often made by judges and NEWS CENTER generally complies with it. Moskowitz then further instructed the press not to report any of the witness testimony. When the Portland Press Herald’s reporter was asked for time to call his lawyer, the judge refused and proceeded with the case.

NEWS CENTER has hired First Amendment attorney Jonathan Piper to assist us in handling this matter. He said he was shocked to learn that there was an order telling the press what they could report in an open court proceeding.

“This is one of those unfortunate instances where a judge has made a decision that they probably wish they hadn’t made, and the media, not just locally but nationally, is going to link arms and make sure that decisions like this don’t happen” Piper said. He also emphasized the importance of Freedom of the Press in the courtroom.

“Courts impose sentences. They put people in jail. They fine them. And if we don’t know the reasons why courts do what they do, we are all in trouble,” he said.

NEWS CENTER is also filing a formal complaint with the court, and we received a phone call from the court Tuesday afternoon saying the judge is calling a hearing Wednesday to “clear things up.” NEWS CENTER will attend the hearing and will report the proceedings.”

To view NEWS CENTER report and read more, click here.

BDN reports “The unprecedented oral order, issued by Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz, drew criticism Tuesday from First Amendment advocates.

“This order is a major strike to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about its court system and those accused of crimes,” Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition in Westborough, Massachusetts, said Tuesday in an email. “It is pre-publication censorship and almost certainly an unconstitutional prior restraint. It is disappointing that a judge of this stature would disregard such fundamental First Amendment protections.”

The gag order was announced at a hearing where Anthony J. Sineni II, 52, of Standish, a criminal defense lawyer in southern Maine, was convicted on one count each of assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. The plea agreement was a result of negotiations with the Maine attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case, Sineni’s attorney, Christopher Largay of Bangor, said Tuesday.

In exchange for Sineni’s plea, a misdemeanor count of domestic violence assault, three counts of witness tampering and one count of possession of a stolen gun or guns were dismissed, all of which are felonies, Largay said.

Moskowitz scheduled the unusual hearing for 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the Maine court system.”

Read more HERE.

Related:  Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz To Serve As Deputy Chief Judge Of The Maine District Courts, click here.

Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald Blasted The Maine Attorney General’s Office For Doing “absolutely nothing” About A Fraudulent Charter School Application

Sun Journal reports “During a morning news conference at City Hall, Macdonald said he has sent three letters to the AG’s Office since March 10 “requesting they look at it and prosecute. I never heard from them,” Macdonald said.

“We’re not going to sit here and sweep this under the carpet,” the mayor said. “I’m not going to stand by and get treated like this; the city of Lewiston is not going to get treated like this.”

If the school had been approved, Lewiston would have lost a significant amount of money from its state portion of public school funding. “It’s about time they do their job and get on the case,” Macdonald said.

Read more HERE.

This is another layer on the onion of official corruption!

Related: 

Notice and Demand to A.G. Janet Mills,which was brushed under the rug. Click here.

Biddeford City Counselor Bob Mills and HUD Behind The Curtain, click here.

Legal Notice in the Kennebec Journal, click here.

Public Exposure Moves Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills, click here.

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Maine Judge Nancy Mills Recuses Herself From a Home Foreclosure Case

Maine Judge Nancy Mills Recusal, click here.

FalmouthToday, July 9, 2014

JUDGE NANCY MILLS RECUSES HERSELF FROM A HOME FORECLOSURE CASE
July 11, 2014
By Editor:

On July 9, 2014 at 08:30 in courtroom #9 our reporter appeared under a Power of Attorney (P.O.A.) for the Defendant homeowner.

Upon J. Mills entering the courtroom our reporter invoked Rule 76H; which allows a party in interest to record the hearing for their own use. No comment was made from the bench and the hearing was recorded pursuant to the stated Rule. J. Mills proceeded to establish the record by identifying the docket number, the Bank Plaintiff, Defendant homeowner, and the ex-husband of the Defendant.

J. Mills then inquired as to whether our reporter was licensed to practice law in Maine, he wasn’t. She went on to cite two cases in Maine where P.O.A.’s were specifically barred from representing another person unless the P.O.A. in question was also a licensed lawyer.

Our reporter then asked permission from the Court to make enquiry of the Court. Permission was granted and this exchange ensued:

Reporter: Are you related to Janet Mills?

Mills: Yes I am.

R: In what way?

M: She’s my sister-in-law.

Our reporter then stated he had a Motion to Recuse J. Mills due to Attorney General Janet Mills unusual interview in the Portland Press Herald regarding the Defendant homeowner’s divorce and child custody case, which forced the foreclosure case. J. Mills stated she took Judicial Notice of the Motion to Recuse, and did in fact recuse herself at that point.

In the discussion about resetting the hearing date our reporter asked the Court for four weeks so the Defendant would have time to vet the next judge for conflicts. J. Mills said that the clerk’s office is good about notifications and she would let them handle it. Our reporter then made a Motion on the record for a period of four weeks and J. Mills stated he wasn’t allowed to make any motions. To which he replied that he was only trying “to prevent Reversible Error by the Court.”

Related: Public Exposure Moves Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills, click here.

Maine Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz Comes Under Review At Public Forum

May 12, 2014

Courtesy of Lori Handrahan

Another Police Chief Arrested for Rape of Twin 5 year old girls Questions that Journalists Must Ask”

From: Lori Handrahan [mailto:LoriHandrahan5@gmail.com]
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Subject: FW: Another Police Chief Arrested for Rape of Twin 5 year old girls Questions that Journalists Must Ask
Importance: High

Dear Noel and Maine Journalists;

It is enormously frustrating to read all the media reports of yet another former Maine Police Chief in his 70s arrested for the rape of very small children and to have the entire Maine press corps not even ask the most fundamental questions. Please, please, please.

1. Twin 5 year old girls were raped by a 72 year old former Maine Police Chief. This is CHILD TRAFFICKING. Who gave Smith access? How much did Retired Police Chief Smith pay to rape these children? How many times have this children been shared around Maine for sex abuse and by whom?

2. I guarantee you that this is not the first time these five year old twin girls have been abused. Nor is it the first time Chief Smith has been raping little children.

3. Why, just the Police Chief Demers’ arrest last month, why, why, why did Maine Police fail to follow STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) that cops across the country follow in any case where there is even concerning behavior by a cop around children. Concerning behavior by a police officer around children IS ENOUGH to pull a search warrant for his/her electronics to obtain the massive child porn that almost always exists.

4. The reason it is critical to get the electronics immediately is that child porn is crime scenes. This is electronic evidence of who is raping the children. No one, and I mean no one, rapes children anymore without producing child porn. There is no way on God’s green earth that these two 70 year old former Maine Police Chiefs did not have huge collections of child porn.

5. I have told everyone who will listen, my daughter’s father was found by our investigators on a known child porn trading site and Maine Computer Crimes Director Lt. Glenn Lang refused to investigate. The arrest of Chief Smith and Chief Demers is directly related to my daughter’s case because it is yet again more evidence of the child trafficking being run and protected in Maine by police—starting with Lt. Glenn Lang Maine Computer Crimes Director.

6. Will not one journalist in Maine even call Lt. Glenn Lang and ask him what he is doing? Why no search warrants were pulled for either retired Police Chiefs?

I’ve attached both a national level FOIA that was filed by Cause of Action in Washington DC regarding concerns about Glenn Lang. I’m attaching chapters from my book Child Porn Nation. Please scroll down to the section on arrests for police officers of child porn, Chapter Two starts on pg. 42. The section on local cops starts on pg. 62.

You will note that even in places like LaPorte Indiana, search warrants are pulled, as SOPs, for even reports of concerning behavior around children. Why not Maine?

David Oldham, a 42 year old Sheriff’s Deputy in LaPorte County Indiana, was arrested on eight counts of child porn possession, child molestation and tampering with evidence. LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer contacted Indiana State Police after Deputy Oldham’s wife contact the Sheriff expressing concern about Oldham’s relationship with a 12-year-old neighborhood boy. The boy was spending nights with Oldham, sleeping in the same bed, after riding in the patrol car when Oldham worked the midnight shift. Despite Oldham’s attempts to destroy his hard drive investigators were able to recover some 70 child sex abuse images and 7 videos from Oldham’s home computer.[i]

Lori Handrahan, Ph.D.

Evidence proves that Maine’s Attorney General’s Office has refused to investigate crimes, matters of public trust and public interest. Just a couple of examples:

Notice and Demand to A.G. Janet Mills,which was brushed under the rug. Click here.

A criminal complaint was filed with A.G. William Schneider on January 10, 2011 regarding the following, brushed under the rug:

FRAUD – A scheme was devised by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343 and 36 M.R.S.A., 5 M.R.S.A. § 4684, to unlawfully obtain ownership of real estate. The enterprise involved is an “enterprise” as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1961(4).

EXTORTION – The “enterprise”, conspiring in concert with others, aided and abetted theft and extortion through the commission of state and federal offenses and gained financially by receiving the proceeds and benefits of this extortion in violation of 17-A M.R.S.A. §§ 353, 355 and 18 U.S.C. § 880. This entire “scheme” is a series of RICO predicate acts as 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) expressly makes conspiracy a predicate act and a crime. The furtherance of these crimes was in violation of 17-A M.R.S.A. §§ 353, 354, 355 and 18 U.S.C. § 1349, 241, 242.

MAIL & WIRE FRAUD – The internet and U.S. Postal service were used by the enterprise/associate” to further extort money in the amount of $35,000 in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341, 1343. These were also multiple predicate acts under RICO statutes.

BANK & SECURITIES FRAUD – The “enterprise”/agent involved unlawfully used property, other than his own, as collateral by means of false or fraudulent pretenses and did obtain a mortgage from a bank in the amount of $105,000.00 in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344 and § 1348. The Security Instrument involved, was obtained through unlawful activity and constitutes “racketeering activity” as defined by 18 U.S.C. §1961 and money laundering as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and § 1957.

It appears that the Attorney General has final say in whether or not to investigate crimes. When A.G. Schneider brushed this RICO case under the rug, John Morris, Comm. Dept. of Public Safety was contacted. Does he fear the Attorney General? He has aided and abetted in the A.G.’s cover up of these crimes – RICO violations. Response from Mr. Morris, HERE.

Pursuant to 25 MRS, Chap. 351: Department of Public Safety §2908. Police officers; powers and duties; cooperation, the Commissioner of Public Safety may expand the duties and powers of police officers beyond the duties and powers enumerated in this section to investigate, prosecute, serve process on and arrest violators of any law of this State.

Why aren’t state legislators stepping up to the plate?

Related:  FOIA-Judge David Kennedy, click here.

 

May 12, 2014

FTM, May 12, 2014, reports “CATCHING A POLITICIAN IN A LIE WITH THEIR OWN EMAIL, PRICELESS! Recently Rep. Lisa Villa, (D) REPEATEDLY went on the record every where she could, to take credit for organizing a public forum to discuss problems with the Guardians Ad Litem system, Maine Family Court, and Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz in particular. Only one problem, it was COMPLETELY set in motion by Lori Handrahan, from her D.C. location.

That didn’t stop Villa from jumping into a possible good political situation and take credit for it. But, it turns out she and others actually sent emails before the meeting acknowledging Lori was the organizer.

What’s worse, a politician that lies, or a stupid politician that lies and leaves an email trail that proves she LIED? You can see the emails below.

That wasn’t enough of a bonehead move by Villa, she had to double down and go all in, and take the video camera cards from the South Portland Cable TV manager, a public document protected under the FOAA law. FTM immediately sought court protection for the camera cards and served the city the notice. Why would Villa seize the camera cards? Could it be to protect a fellow Dem, Judge Moskowitz, whose conduct in court was criticized repeatedly by the victims of that conduct? You can see the filing below.

On top of that violation of the FOAA law, Villa somehow mistakenly believes her position “as representing all the people in Maine” (her exact words) gives her authority greater than any elected person in this country to say the following, “She is not afraid of releasing the footage to any legitimate news outlet…” (Quoted from the Washington Times article) When did this pipsqueak of a State Representative, get to decide which news outlets were ‘legitimate and which ones were not legitimate’. FTM likely has a larger readership every week than the margin of votes that put Villa in office. Rep. Villa perhaps when you’re NOT busy taking credit for organizing a meeting that you didn’t, stealing public documents from South Portland, and picking ‘legitimate’ news outlets, you could find the time to read the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, try to concentrate your brain power on the part that discusses FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. Perhaps you could point out the section where pipsqueak members of the Maine Legislature get to decide who and what are legitimate news outlets?

What does Villa do next? She thinks it’s a big joke with a LOL on her email you can see below.”

Read more HERE.

May 10, 2014

Courtesy of Wayne from Maine

Affidavit – A.G. Janet Mills, HERE.

Legal Notice to A.G. Janet Mills, HERE.

Notification – Judiciary Committee, HERE.

May 9, 2014

Communities Digital News reports “Maine Legislators Spar Over Judicial Appointee, Corruption in Family Courts.” Maine legislators have called for a review of the State’s family courts following the complaints of parents dismayed by the news of the recent promotion of family court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz to the position of Deputy Chief Judge of the Maine Districts Courts. Legislators say the appointment comes as a shock to many members of the public, who consider Judge Moskowitz “the least likely candidate” for appointment to this very important, pivotal office within the Judicial Branch operations.

“Judge Moskowitz is one of 4 family court judges about whom we consistently hear significant complaints from users of his court, victims of his actions,” said Senator David E. Dutremble (D-Biddeford) last Friday in an an email that was addressed to several dozen of his legislative colleagues, as well as many other members of State and Federal law enforcement units. Dutremble, a divorced father of five children whose father was a local sheriff, currently sits on the State Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

“Who was party to making this decision? Why was he chosen over other candidates? What was the objective basis for choosing him in terms of knowledge, skill and experience leading to this decision?” Read more HERE.

The people have called “for a top to bottom investigation into the way the State’s Judicial Branch does business” as far back as 1979. Congresswoman Olympia Snowe letter, HERE.

Can the people expect accountability in the State’s courts when a large number of judges come out of  the Attorney General’s  office? The latest example of this is the confirmation of former A.G. William Schneider.  “A System In Crisis”, view HERE. (Opposition to nomination begins at 46:14)

Governor Paul LePage just recently nominated William Stokes,  chief of the criminal division in the Maine Attorney General’s Office, for judgeship, click here.

After the public forum, Michael Doyle “made an open records request seeking copies of the tapes, which Doyle says contain footage of dozens of Maine consumers who have been “broken, bankrupted and destroyed by the train wreck that is Maine’s family courts” airing complaints about Maine’s courts, specifically concerning Judge Moskowitz”, but “Representative Villa went to South Portland Town Hall and successfully obtained all of the copies of the Community Television tapes of the Open Forum on Maine Judges to prevent the forum from being aired.” “Doyle immediately went to court and sought unsuccessfully to obtain a protection order preventing Villa from further concealing the public records from disclosure, or possibly tampering with or destroying the record’s integrity.” Justice Thomas Humphrey refused to sign an Emergency Restraining Order to protect an original video of highly critical comments about fellow Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz.

This is deja vue all over again with officials suppressing the truth at Biddeford Public Access.  First Amendment case. Who’s side is Rep. Lisa Villa on? It looks good on its face that two legislators attended the forum, but unfortunately it’s not what it appears to be! Why can’t Rep. Villa “edit” the tape as to what she needs (or wants)? What is there to hide? The truth? Once again, proof is in the pudding!

Rep. Villa’s statement that “she admits that she obtained the tapes out of concerns that victims would be exploited by the footage spanning 4-hours” doesn’t hold water. Everyone who chose to speak had full knowledge that the forum was being recorded.  Villa has reason to ” fear for her own family’s safety if the court were to retaliate against her in response to her public efforts to reform the justice system.” This is what the court does! Is this why she chose to vote in the affirmative in the confirmation of William Schneider? Does she fear her colleagues too? If yes, she has reason to as they are paddling the same boat as the judges. Are legislators so fearful under the dome? If so, THEN STAND UP with the people! Why would the naming of judges “ derail Rep. Villa’s audit”? 

Linda Valentino (D-Saco), chairperson of the Judiciary Committee, disagrees “that legislators should be inquiring about judges’ qualifications” and doesn’t “feel it is within the purview of the Judiciary Committee.”  She ” doesn’t feel that this is a legislative issue.”  She “feels this is a judicial issue. ”What? You can view Senator Valentino’s job performance by listening to “A System In Crisis”. 

It is encouraging that Senator Dutremble intends to keep pushing for answers. Let’s keep watch on this. If he follows through, he will get the support of people behind him.

Judge Moskowitz is not the only judge who has violated the Rule of Law or constitutional rights of victims. He is not the only judge who has irreparably harmed and totally devastated lives and families. This is no surprise to us as we have run into roadblocks at every level in seeking accountability. Augusta has all of its “bases” covered…to include the courtrooms… with its “revolving door policy.” All doors to remedy injustices are closed!

Too many people have suffered at the hands of (in)justice whether it be the unlawful confiscation of your property, business, livelihoods, homes, children, etc.

This official corruption was not “nipped in the bud”, now elected officials can enjoy the exposure it yields.

Related:

FTM CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF JUDGE JEFFREY MOSKOWITZ, click here. (Mike, great article, but the integrity of Republicans comes into play, as well. However, justice is not a “party” issue.)

Have You Been Harmed By Maine’s Judicial System? Click here.

The pattern of CORRUPTION AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST PERMEATES WITHIN Maine’s judicial system, click here.

How Governor John Baldacci and Senator Elizabeth Mitchell pushed the re-appointment of Judge Christine Foster through rather quickly. There was a pending complaint against Judge Foster before the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability. This was discovered on the Maine Senate webpage In Senate Chamber, Friday, November 19, 2010:

“Pursuant to the provisions of Article 5, Part 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and the laws of the State of Maine, the Senate convened in the Senate Chamber at Ten o’clock in the morning and was called to order by President ELIZABETH H. MITCHELL of Kennebec County.” There is something wrong with this picture. The ten o’clock Senate confirmation (of Judge Christine Foster) session was posted at 7:30 A.M. Read more HERE.

As you can see, Augusta has all of its “bases” covered…to include the courtrooms… with its “revolving door policy.” When will ALL legislators wake up and step up? Or will they continue to shield the Attorney General’s Office and be part of the problem and not the solution?

You can be assured that you have not heard the end of this!

Public Exposure Moves Maine’s Attorney General Janet Mills

 

PPH reported “Maine attorney general enters fray over divorce case. In an unusual step, Attorney General Janet Mills has joined a vitriolic email exchange over the judicial branch’s appointment of a Cumberland County judge to be deputy chief of Maine’s District Court.

The appointment this week of Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz drew some heated opposition, most vocally from Lori Handrahan, a former Maine resident. Moskowitz presided over Handrahan’s bitter divorce and child custody case, which began in 2008, and ruled against her in several court orders.

After the announcement of Moskowitz’s appointment Tuesday, Handrahan sent dozens of mass emails and hundreds of tweets from several Twitter accounts to dozens of members of the Legislature and the media, demanding a federal investigation into what she called Moskowitz’s misconduct. She included a link to an online petition she started, calling for his removal from the bench.

While many state officials ignored the messages, Mills said she decided to respond, sending an email Wednesday that included Moskowitz’s May 2012 court order revoking Handrahan’s parental rights for her failure to undergo therapy for a “narcissistic personality disorder.”

Mills’ email went to the same list of legislators and media.

“I thought that since I was getting inquiries, I should give some context,” Mills said late Thursday afternoon, when asked in a phone interview why she would respond in such a public manner to Handrahan’s email.

“While this Office was not involved in her custody dispute, this decision, which is a matter of public record, may help you put into context the communications you have received from this individual,” Mills wrote in her email.” Read more HERE.

Now for the rest of the story…..

This newspaper article begs the question as to why A.G. Mills would “jump into the frey?”  It also requires additional reporting on what the PPH left out.  A.G. Mills’ conduct appears to attempt to discredit Lori Handrahan in an effort to protect the misconduct of Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz.

A.G. Janet Mills should be taking care of the peoples’ business. Notice and Demand to A.G. Janet Mills,which was brushed under the rug. Click here.  This is a matter of public trust and public interest. Yet, Janet Mills took no interest in this issue!

Jim Burke, a professor at the University of Maine School of Law,is absolutely correct in stating “People should be informed (about) who are the public servants who are working for them.” But try and get the mainstream media to report on this!

“Mills’ email drew quick criticism from state Rep. Lisa Villa, a member of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, who said Thursday that she is considering calling for a formal inquiry into citizens’ complaints that may have been filed against Moskowitz. In her opinion, “there are too many unanswered questions for (her) to be swayed by one document that doesn’t address some very disturbing issues.” “Villa, a Democrat from Harrison who ran for office on a platform of family court reform, said she took no position on Handrahan’s case but believes that complaints against judges are too often ignored.”

“The Senate chair of the Judiciary Committee, Linda Valentino, D-Saco, disagreed that legislators should be inquiring about judges’ qualifications. As chairperson of the Judiciary Committee, I don’t have a position. I don’t feel it is within the purview of the Judiciary Committee,” Valentino said. “I don’t feel this is a legislative issue. I feel this is a judicial issue.” She feels it’s a judicial issue, but not within the purview of her committee??

Re the Judiciary Committee:

The Judiciary Committee members’ task is to hear public testimony as to the honesty, integrity and qualifications of attorneys who are nominated by Governor LePage to be appointed and confirmed as Judges.

It is time for Maine people to see how the Legislators conduct their own actions of ignoring public presentations of written evidence and how they believe in their own favoritism of fellow legislators and Lawyers.

On March 11, 2014 a confirmation hearing was held on the nomination of former A.G. William Schneider. Sufficient documented evidence, as to Obstruction of Justice and cover up by A.G. Schneider, was submitted to the members of this committee. View video of this hearing ““A System in Crisis” and watch this travesty of public trust. (Opposition to nomination begins at 46:14) Click here.

With the documented evidence in their hands, ALL members of the Judiciary Committee voted in the affirmative as to confirmation of William Schneider.

Why did Rep. Lisa Villa, a member of the Judiciary Committee, not call for a “formal inquiry” into complaints against William Schneider? She had more than “one document.”

Would you not agree that the conduct of the members of the Judiciary Committee commands removal?

Mary Ann Lynch stated “she was unaware of any formal complaints against Moskowitz or any other judge” filed with the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability.   Cabanne Howard, the committee’s executive secretary, states  “all of the complaints filed with the committee are confidential unless the committee decides to charge a judge in the Supreme Judicial Court.” Members of this committee include judges/attorneys.  Is this NOT a conflict of interest?

The Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability is a Personal appointment which does not require a public hearing or approval of the State Legislature. If Governor LePage’s priority is to “put Maine people ahead of politics”, he must remove the members with this committee.

Augusta has all of its “bases” covered…to include the courtrooms… with its “revolving door policy.” 

Until the status quo changes, there will be no justice within Maine’s judicial system.

Where is the media coverage on this?

Related: Falmouth Today reports “A.G. MILLS’ CONDUCT THIS PAST FRIDAY RAISES QUESTIONS”, click here.

Research has revealed that Maine judges must be commissioned…and they are not! No commission = no oath of office = no judicial power. Read more HERE.

For more information on this subject type in “Lise from Maine” in the search section of this blog. Lots of information and discussion in the comments section.

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