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Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz rescinded that gag order days later, admitted it was unlawful and apologized after the Portland Press Herald defied the order and First Amendment experts criticized it.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