Supreme Court Oral Argument Schedule & Summaries

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Maine Supreme Judicial Court
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Caution: This schedule is subject to change. The case synopses are prepared for the convenience of the public and are not to be construed as statements of the court.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland
 
  9:50 a.m.   Kno-18-129   Earl Gammon et al. v. Robin E. Boggs et al.
     

Attorneys: Patrick J. Mellor; Robert W. Kline

The Superior Court resolved a property boundary dispute between the parties in favor of Earl and Mary Gammon. Leland and Robin Boggs appeal, arguing that the Superior Court erred in (1) denying a request for a continuance, (2) excluding expert testimony offered for purposes other than rebuttal, (3) finding that the Gammons had established adverse possession over the disputed land, and (4) denying their motion for further findings of fact.

 
  10:40 a.m.   Yor-18-115   Eric V. Warnquist et al. v. State Tax Assessor
     

Attorneys: Gregory J. Orso; Kimberly L. Patwardhan

The Warnquists own rental property in Rogaland, Norway and claimed a credit on their Maine Tax Return for income tax paid to the country of Norway. The Superior Court affirmed the State Tax Assessor's determination that the Warnquists had overstated the credit allowed for foreign taxes on foreign income. The Warnquists appeal, arguing that the Superior Court erred in its statutory interpretation of the credit allowed and in denying the Warnquists relief from interest and penalties.

 
  11:30 a.m.   Aro-18-75   State of Maine v. Jeffrey A. Doucette
     

Attorneys: Todd R. Collins; Verne E. Paradie, Jr.

Jeffrey Doucette was convicted of robbery (Class A), criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon (Class C), terrorizing with a dangerous weapon (Class C), and illegal possession of a firearm (Class C) after a jury trial. Doucette appeals, arguing that (1) the prosecutor committed misconduct in his opening and closing arguments, and (2) the trial court erred in admitting evidence of his prior convictions and illustrative aids regarding the gun at issue.

 
  1:30 p.m.   Cum-18-119   Bethany Louisos v. Peter Pompeo
     

Attorneys: Benjamin N. Donahue; Jonathan W. Brogan; Devin W. Deane

Bethany Louisos sued Peter Pompeo for injuries she sustained in a car accident, claiming that a previous settlement between them was based on a mistake of fact. The Superior Court granted summary judgment to Pompeo. Louisos appeals, arguing that the Superior Court erred in (1) granting summary judgment for Pompeo, (2) denying her motion for leave to amend her complaint, and (3) denying her discovery request.

 
  2:20 p.m.   Ken-18-152   State of Maine v. Wendy Gagne
     

Attorneys: Paul Cavanaugh II; Robert E. Sandy Jr.

Wendy Gagne was convicted of theft by deception (Class B) in 2003 and ordered to pay up to $400,000 in restitution to the victim, a non-profit corporation. After a hearing on the State's motion to enforce, the trial court ordered Gagne to make payments on the restitution. Gagne appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in (1) ordering her to continue to pay restitution following the dissolution of the non-profit corporation, (2) holding that she was in default of her restitution obligations, and (3) holding that it was her burden to prove that she had made payments in a certain amount to the corporation.

 


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland
 
  9:00 a.m.   Cum-18-141   Jillian Angelillo v. IDEXX Laboraties, Inc.
     

Attorneys: Guy D. Loranger; Danielle Quinlan; Douglas P. Currier; Joanna S. Bowers

The Superior Court dismissed Jillian Angelillo's complaint against IDEXX Laboratories alleging medical disability discrimination and retaliation pursuant to the Maine Human Rights Act. Angelillo appeals, arguing that the Superior Court erred in concluding as a matter of law that the Maine Human Rights Commission did not dismiss Angelillo's claim pursuant 5 M.R.S. § 4622(1)(A) and that she was therefore not entitled to receive compensatory damages, punitive damages, or attorney's fees.

 
  9:50 a.m.   Cum-18-178   In re Children of Shirley T.
     

Attorneys: Lindsay M. Allen; Todd H. Crawford; Meghan Szylvian

The District Court denied the petition of the parents and a South Dakota native American tribe to transfer jurisdiction over this child protection matter to the tribal court pursuant to the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. The parents appeal, arguing that District Court erred in finding "good cause" to retain jurisdiction because it relied on factors that federal regulations prohibited it from considering.

 
  10:40 a.m.   Was-18-232   In re Children of Mary J.
     

Attorneys: Arnold S. Clark; Hunter C. Umphrey

The District court denied the Passamaquoddy Tribe's motion to intervene in this child protection matter. The Tribe appeals, arguing that the District Court abused its discretion in light of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act.

 
  11:30 a.m.   Aro-17-539   State of Maine v. Reginald J. Dobbins Jr.
     

Attorneys: John Alsop; Tina Heather Nadeau; Rory A. McNamara

Reginald Dobbins appeals from his conviction for murder, arguing that the trial court erred in (1) excluding evidence of his co-defendant's admission of guilt in violation of Dobbins's right to present a defense and (2) imposing a 65-year sentence on Dobbins, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder.

 


Thursday, November 8, 2018
Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland
 
  9:00 a.m.   Ken-18-56   State of Maine v. Terrence Townes
     

Attorneys: Tyler J. LeClair; Marina L. Sideris

Terrence Townes was convicted of aggravated assault (Class A) and violating a condition of release (Class E) after a jury trial. Townes appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in (1) dismissing some, but not all, charges against Townes as a sanction for the State's violation of discovery obligations and (2) finding that the jury was impartial and from a fair cross-section of the community.

 
  9:50 a.m.   Lin-18-143   Leslie B. Lilly et al. v. Town of Westport Island et al.
     

Attorneys: Justin W. Andrus; Alecia R. Tocci; William H. Dale; Mark A. Bower

The Superior Court found in favor of Leslie Lilly and David Wollins in their suit against the Town of Westport and certain Town officials to resolve a road dispute. The Town and officials appeal, arguing that the Superior Court erred in (1) its application of the doctrine of merger, (2) its interpretation of a 1785 Massachusetts road law, and (3) its interpretation of deeds in the chain of title.

 
  10:40 a.m.       The argument that was set for 10:40 a.m. has been continued and will be rescheduled to a later date.