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Lavigne v. Commissioner, DHS
MAINE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT Reporter of Decisions
Decision: 2003 ME 3
Argued: December 10, 2002
Decided: January 13, 2003
Panel: SAUFLEY, C.J., and CLIFFORD, RUDMAN, DANA,* ALEXANDER, and LEVY, JJ.
RICK E. LAVIGNE
COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Rick E. Lavigne appeals from the judgment entered in the Superior Court (Piscataquis County, Mead, J.) affirming a decision of a Hearing Officer of the Department of Human Services declaring Lavigne ineligible to receive food stamps. Because the Court is evenly divided, we affirm the judgment.
The entry is:
Attorney for plaintiff:
Sara Anne Meerse, Esq. (orally)
Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
P. O. Box 547
Portland, ME 04112-0547
Attorneys for Defendant:
G. Steven Rowe, Attorney General
Jane Gregory, Asst. Attorney General (orally)
6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0006
* Although not available at oral argument, Justice Dana participated in this opinion. See M.R. App. P. 12(a) (stating that a "qualified justice may participate in a decision even though not present at oral argument").