Judicial Confirmation Hearing – Judge Jeffrey H. Moskowitz Thursday, May 07, 2015

127th MAINE LEGISLATURE
NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION HEARING

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Senator David C. Burns, Senate Chair
Representative Barry J. Hobbins, House Chair

POSITION: District Court Judge
NOMINEE: Honorable Jeffrey H. Moskowitz of Saco

PUBLIC HEARING: Thursday, May 07, 2015, 2:00 PM, State House, Room 438

Other upcoming confirmation hearings:

Gubernatorial Nomination on 4/29/2015 – Justice Joyce A. Wheeler
Gubernatorial Nomination on 4/29/2015 – Judge Andre G. Janelle
Gubernatorial Nomination on 4/29/2015 – Judge Rae Ann French
Gubernatorial Nomination on 4/29/2015 – Justice Donald H. Marden
Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/6/2015 – Justice Roland A. Cole
Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/6/2015 – Judge Peter J. Goranites
Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/6/2015 – Judge Susan A. Sparaco
Gubernatorial Nomination on 5/7/2015 – Justice William R. Anderson

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: Written comments relevant to qualifications of the nominee may be filed with the Legislative Information Office by 9 am on the day of the hearing.
CONTACT PERSON: Casey Milligan, Legislative Information Office, 100 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0100; 207-287-1692

View more details HERE.

Related:

Judge Moskowitz Finally Gets Caught By Someone Other Than FTM Running His Kangaroo Courtroom, click here.

Maine Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz Comes Under Review At Public Forum, click here.

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

PPH Reporter Scott Dolan Presented With Freedom Of Information Award For Challenging Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Gag Order, click here.

Judge Donald Marden’s Cabbage Is Shredded, click here.

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

Maine Senate BAR Member, Roger Katz, Proposing Per Diem Compensation For Active Retired Judges From $300 Per Day To $500 Per Day!

Note – the latest Judiciary Committee schedule states the hearing is at 2:00 p.m. Those attending the public hearing should be there at 1:00 p.m….just in case.

LD 731 Sponsor Sen. Roger Katz of Kennebec – Cosponsored by Representative Barry HOBBINS of Saco and Senators: David BURNS of Washington, Dawn HILL of York, Chris JOHNSON of Lincoln, Representative: Matthew MOONEN of Portland

Public hearing: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015, 1:00p Room 438 State House

Senator Roger Katz (attorney) (R-Kennebec)
Senator Dawn Hill (attorney-inactive) (D-York)
Rep. Barry Hobbins (attorney) (D-Saco) – House Chair of the Judiciary Committee
Senator David Burns (R-Washington) – Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee
Representative Matthew W. Moonen (D-Portland) – member of the Judiciary Committee
Senator Christopher K. Johnson (D-Lincoln) – member of the Judiciary Committee

This proposed legislation further proves the “double standards”, whose “interests” it serves and begs many questions.

Judges retire, receive a pension, return to the bench and get more compensation…as this bill raises the per diem compensation for active retired judges and justices from $300 per day to $500 per day!

BAR members proposing raises for their “club”members.

When judges return to work is there a reduction in their pensions?

What about people on social security (living on less than a livable wage) who go back and are subject to reduction?

How about judges who strip people of entitled pensions in their decisions/judgments, causing financial hardship?

How about the VA which delays veterans’ pension claims for years/decades, causing financial hardship?

Ask your representative for help with these issues and you’ll get the standard answer “there’s nothing I can do.” Yet they can do plenty when it comes to their buddies.

Wouldn’t this bill in itself be considered fraudulent legislation, since it’s presented by BAR card carrying attorneys? A conflict of interest? A vested interest which would constitute a racketeering enterprise (RICO)?

Could this be considered embezzlement from the taxpayers who paid their salaries, their pensions and are now paying retirement and salary? Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could do that?

Are they paying taxes on either one?

Talkshoe Radio – Maine State Bar Association…100 Years of Law & Justice (1891-1991) (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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

Click here to join in online.

Part 2 – Archived program, EPISODE 57, click here.

Part 1 – Archived program, EPISODE 56, click here.

*Note: The Maine Supreme Court issued their opinion in the Question of Law presented to the court by Gov. LePage….We started the program with the opinion and didn’t get into the 100 Years of Law and Justice which ties in to the opinion. We will continue part 2 next week.

OPINION OF THE JUSTICES

100 Years of Law & Justice (1891-1991),  click here.

1891 Act Incorporating Maine State Bar Association, click here.

PPH Reporter Scott Dolan Presented With Freedom Of Information Award For Challenging Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Gag Order

PPH reports” The Maine Freedom of Information Coalition praises Dolan for challenging a judge’s gag order and protecting public access to courtroom proceedings.

Dolan was covering a proceeding in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court on Jan. 6 when Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz issued an order to the media to report only the statements made by the prosecutor and defense counsel in court. Moskowitz forbid the reporting of other statements made by potential victims in the case, which involved a lawyer who was charged with domestic violence.

“The judge’s order, and Mr. Dolan’s response, garnered national press attention criticizing the order and praising Mr. Dolan for challenging Judge Moskowitz and protecting public access,” said Suzanne Goucher, coalition president.

Moskowitz eventually held a hearing to rescind his order and issued a personal apology to Dolan in court.”

Read more HERE.

Related: Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz Apologized And Acknowledged That His Order Was Not Lawful, click here.

Judge Moskowitz Finally Gets Caught By Someone Other Than FTM Running His Kangaroo Courtroom, click here.

Published in: on March 16, 2015 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Talkshoe Radio – Maine State Bar Association…100 Years of Law & Justice (1891-1991)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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

Archived program, EPISODE 56, click here.

*Note: The Maine Supreme Court issued their opinion in the Question of Law presented to the court by Gov. LePage….We started the program with the opinion and didn’t get into the 100 Years of Law and Justice which ties in to the opinion. We will continue part 2 next week.

OPINION OF THE JUSTICES

Click here to join in online.

100 Years of Law & Justice (1891-1991),  click here.

1891 Act Incorporating Maine State Bar Association, click here.

Talkshoe Radio – Discussion On “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills…Oral Argument

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
9:00 PM EDT

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

Archived program, EPISODE 55, click here.

Click here to join in online.

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.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 broadcast, Archived program, EPISODE 51, click here.

Talkshoe Radio – Update on Article V Constitutional Convention Forum and “Brief” Dispute Between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills, click here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 broadcast, Archived program, EPISODE 54, click here.

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

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#

Click here to join in online.

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.

York County (ME) Prosecutor, Thomas Miscio, Files Motion To Bar Public From Court Hearing

Can you stomach any more of Maine’s judicial system?

PPH reports “A York County prosecutor is asking the judge in a domestic violence case to exclude the public from a court proceeding scheduled for Friday and make whatever happens there secret.

In a motion filed late Thursday in York County Superior Court in the case of 33-year-old Paul Olsen, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Miscio said material could be introduced at Friday’s hearing that, whether true or false, could damage the careers of officers from the Eliot Police Department.

Miscio’s request comes just a week after a judge in Portland made a controversial ruling to prohibit the media from reporting witness testimony in a criminal case against a well-known Standish attorney, Anthony J. Sineni III, who was being sentenced on charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz rescinded that gag order days later, admitted it was unlawful and apologized after the Portland Press Herald defied the order and First Amendment experts criticized it.

On Thursday, Justice John O’Neil Jr. left the courthouse in Alfred without ruling on Miscio’s motion, leaving it uncertain whether the public will be allowed into Friday’s hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Olsen’s attorney, Amy Fairfield, hopes to convince the judge at Friday’s hearing that some of the officers who investigated the case against Olsen in 2012 have a proven record of falsifying police documents.”

Read more HERE.

UPDATE 1-16-15

Justice John O’Neil Jr. denied Assistant District Attorney Thomas Miscio’s motion.

PPH reports “Former deputy says Eliot chief knew officers falsified reports. The chief of the Eliot Police Department, Theodor Short, knew that a majority of the town’s police officers consistently falsified their patrol reports and he did nothing about it, the department’s former deputy chief said in York County Superior Court on Friday. Testifying during a hearing for an unrelated criminal case, former deputy chief Kevin Cady said he presented a 60-plus-page report to the chief documenting how he discovered that four of the department’s six patrol officers had repeatedly lied in their reports.

Cady said he gave the report to Chief Theodor Short in April 2009.

“He told me that I had opened a can of worms,” Cady said of Short’s response.

Another former Eliot police officer, Kevin Curran, also testified Friday that he had seen Cady’s report in the Eliot police station as recently as 2011.

But the police chief has told the court that Cady’s report never existed, according to attorney Amy Fairfield, who subpoenaed both former officers as witnesses in the criminal case. Short did not appear in court. But the town’s attorney, Asha Echeverria, defended him by saying that no finalized report exists and no officer wrongdoing had been proven.

Court recessed for the day Friday before the conclusion of the hearing. Testimony is expected to resume within the next few weeks at a date to be determined.

“This absolutely needs to be done in public,” Fairfield said after court adjourned. “It keeps people honest. They need to know that people are watching. There are a lot of good cops out there, but there are some who are not so good.”

Read more HERE.

Related:  Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz Apologized And Acknowledged That His Order Was Not Lawful, click here.

Kennebunk (ME) Prostitution Case,  2-14-13, 2-22-13 click here. – People are still questioning if the DA made the deal so the other prominent names do not become public. They wonder why the Press Herald or the News Media have never gone after that list.

Freedom of Access requests to York  County D.A. FOIA – clarification, February 7, 2013

FOIA response from D.A. Kathryn Slattery, dated February 14, 2013 claiming the remaining suspects have not been charged.

Why weren’t the remainder summoned?

Published in: on January 16, 2015 at 2:14 am  Comments (30)  

Former Maine Attorney General Jim Tierney Should Have Been As Concerned About Mainers When He Was A.G.

View: Most Revealing Video

Also view: The Quigley Formula

BDN reports ” Former Maine Attorney General James Tierney told a Portland audience Tuesday evening that the state’s economy will depend on its ability to attract — and accommodate — newcomers from foreign countries.

“We are so old that we have got to attract people to come to Maine from someplace else. I don’t care what color they are, I just want them to come here,” Tierney said. “We’re not talking about affirmative action, we’re not talking about doing people favors. We’re talking about doing ourselves a favor if we can figure out this diversity issue.”

Tierney joined Eva Millona, a former Albanian judge and executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, as keynote speakers in a panel discussion about economic growth and immigration.

The talk was the first in a series of five such public discussions scheduled for Portland through June, and comes against a backdrop of an ongoing dispute between city officials and Gov. Paul LePage over the distribution of aid money to undocumented immigrants…. immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start their own businesses than native-born U.S. citizens.

“If immigrants succeed, we all benefit,” said opening speaker Tim Honey, president of the World Affairs Council of Maine.  “If immigrants don’t, we all pay the price.”

Tierney said that Maine’s aging population represents an economic crisis, and the state’s only chance to avoid economic ruin will be to welcome immigrants to replenish its population. “We are no longer a state with people looking for jobs, we’re a state with jobs looking for people,” Tierney said. “We have jobs in this state, which we’re losing because we do not have people to fill them.”

The former attorney general said Mainers must reject the “politics of fear” and embrace programs that create opportunities for immigrants.”

Read more HERE.

“If immigrants succeed, we all benefit.” “If immigrants don’t, we all pay the price.”

Hard working Mainers have “paid the price” through the “theft” of their small businesses and loss of livelihood through the failure of accountability within the State of Maine. Can we do “ourselves a favor” and put Mainers first….let’s start with accountability and restitution of the losses of livelihoods!! Then, perhaps, people will have trust that their hard work will not be “ripped out” from under them, decide to stay in Maine and start their small businesses. Brushing crimes “under the rug” does not move Maine forward…wake up!

Isn’t it high time that our elected officials listen to some real problems facing Maine’s economy? They can only learn by speaking with the people who have been “tossed out” of their system, rather than those who “control” their system.

World Affairs Council of Maine
Board of Directors, click here.
Maine International Resource Directory, click here.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – Mission, click here.
CFR Membership Roster, click here.

Related: Police brutality during the tenure of A.G. Jim Tierney – Maine Exposed EPISODE 45, listen here.

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