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JUDGE NANCY MILLS RECUSES HERSELF FROM A HOME FORECLOSURE CASE
July 11, 2014
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.