PPH reports “A judge has ruled that a criminal defense attorney who is under supervision for committing crimes is temporarily barred from representing any clients being prosecuted by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office.
Anthony J. Sineni III, 52, of Standish was sentenced on Jan. 5 for assault and disorderly conduct, with terms that included supervision by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office for the next two years.
Justice Roland Cole issued his order on Jan. 16, limiting Sineni’s legal practice with regard to criminal cases brought by Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, but not other prosecutors’ offices, said Mary Ann Lynch, the Judicial Branch spokeswoman. “Justice Cole told Mr. Sineni that it would be a conflict in his view to defend clients going against the District Attorney’s Office when he is paying the District Attorney’s Office a supervision fee,” Lynch said.
Read more HERE.
So this is his sentence?
Related: Judge Moskowitz Finally Gets Caught By Someone Other Than FTM Running His Kangaroo Courtroom, click here.
Judge rescinds media gag order (video – WCSH6), click here.
BDN reports “District Court Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz on Wednesday reversed a previous order restricting media coverage of testimony in open court and apologized to a Portland Press Herald reporter for what the judge described as an unlawful demand.
On Wednesday, Moskowitz explained his initial rationale for the gag order and acknowledged that, in hindsight, it was illegal and a mistake.
The judge said his order likely would have been considered immediately void due to the fact that it was illegal, but to clear up any possible dispute, he officially rescinded it. He then singled out Dolan, who was in attendance covering the brief hearing Wednesday.
“I want to take the opportunity to apologize to Mr. Dolan for placing him in a very awkward position on Monday, and I appreciate the professional way in which he has proceeded since then,” Moskowitz said. “In order to rectify the error I made on Monday, I’m ordering that a transcript of the proceeding be made available to the public as soon as possible.”
Redding (news director for WCSH) told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday he still had mixed feelings about how Moskowitz handled the situation.
“Today I have a lot of questions. Obviously the judge was gracious in his apology for making the gag order in the first place and I commend him for his openness and willingness to take it head on,” he said. “But the journalist in me says something doesn’t add up. While the judge was saying he did all this to protect the witness, I was watching that witness. She was clearly shaking her head back and forth in disagreement. So I’m left unsatisfied with the reasoning.”
The gag order multiplied media attention for a case that otherwise may have been headed for a quiet resolution Monday.”
View video and read more HERE.
Journalists Challenging Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Order…The Egg Has Cracked, click here.
Michael Redding, news director for WCSH, told the Bangor Daily News “he still had mixed feelings about how Moskowitz handled the situation”, he had “a lot of questions”, and “something doesn’t add up.”
Perhaps Mr. Redding could assign his reporters to sit in on court cases and let them witness for themselves the injustices metered out in Maine courts. There are plenty of cases out there that need true and fair reporting.
Some questions for Mr. Redding and all reporters to ponder:
Judges/attorneys know, or should know, the law; Judge Moskowitz didn’t know he was violating the law and the constitution on the day of his order?
Why did it take media attention for Judge Moskowitz to realize his order was unlawful, null and void?
Do reporters think that Judge Moskowitz is the only judge who issues unlawful, void orders?
Do reporters think that this case is unique and that no other Maine judges violate constitutional rights in the courtroom?
Mr. Redding, something “does add up”….the genie is out of the bottle.
Another interesting point:
Attorney “Sineni’s criminal case may have concluded but his legal career faces scrutiny from the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.
Under the rules that govern attorneys licensed to practice in Maine, a lawyer convicted of a crime must inform the board of that conviction within 30 days, Jacqueline M. Rogers, executive director of the board, said Wednesday.
“We were made aware through news reports of the charges pending against Mr. Sineni and Bar Counsel [Scott Davis] has opened an investigation,” she said.
Davis will determine whether the matter should be referred to a disciplinary panel, which would hold a public hearing.”
Will the BAR uphold the law any more than the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, a committee of judges judging judges? Is this not a conflict of interest? Is this not newsworthy?
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