Milbridge, Mano en Mano Settle

A lawsuit involving the town of Milbridge and Mano en Mano, a local nonprofit, was settled in U.S. District Court last week, a move expected by all parties. Magistrate Judge Margaret J. Kravchuk ordered that all details be completed within 30 days, at which time the suit filed by Mano en Mano will be dismissed.

The lawsuit, initiated last summer, was based on alleged violations of the federal Fair Housing Act. Mano en Mano, a nonprofit advocacy group, was using $1.6 million in federal grant funds to construct a housing unit for permanent agricultural workers.When Milbridge voters in June 2009 approved a moratorium on such facilities, Mano en Mano sued the town.

via Bangor Daily News.

Three judges nominated

The governor says he is nominating David Soucy of Fort Kent to be a District Court judge. Soucy is now an attorney in private practice.  Baldacci is also nominating Judge Wayne Douglas of Old Orchard Beach to be reappointed to District Court, where he has served since 2002.  Justice William Brodrick of Wells is being nominated for reappointment as active retired Superior Court justice. Brodrick has served as a judge for nearly 30 years.