Comfort v. Pittsfield.
An excessive force case in which a driver charged with oui was severely
injured at the police station after arrest.
The officers and the Town were denied Summary Judgment.
Miller v. Knox County
. Ms. Miller was arrested Patriot's Day Weekend for on a civil order of arrest which indicated she should have been brought before a sitting judge. She was taken to jail and held for three days though the fine for which she was arrested had previously been paid. Over the weekend, she was strip searched four times. The case settled after Plaintiff appealed to the 1st Circuit which overturned the lower Court's decision granting qualified immunity to the County and various officers.
Dare v. Knox County
. This strip search class action settled prior to trial for three million dollars.
Eaton v. Hancock County, et al
. Eaton was assaulted by an off-duty deputy sheriff while placing him under arrest on a trumped-up charge that was dismissed by directed verdict of the trial judge. He sustained a crippling injury to his dominant shoulder. The case settled after jury selection for $725,000.
Oxley v. Penobscot County
. Ms. Oxley was strip searched while being booked at the Penobscot County Jail because another arrestee taken into custody
with her had a small amount of cocaine in a pocket. The Federal Court denied qualified immunity to the officers and the County. The case settled just before the trial was to commence.
In re Sheri. A juvenile was charged with murder and the State requested a Bind-over hearing to try her as an adult. She was said to have stabbed her great-aunt 106 times in the back. Trial took one full week after which she was not bound over but served a partial sentence in a juvenile facility.
State of Maine v. Charles Jones. Jones and an accomplice burgled 56 residences in several counties in central Maine. In the last home, the owner returned while the burglary was in progress and was fatally shot. Jones and his accomplice were found guilty after a jury trial.
State of Maine v. Cindy Dunton. Ms. Dunton pled guilty to embezzling $250,000 while deputy clerk of a small Maine community. She received a sentence of twenty months.