This publication and the 2021 Case Law Update constitute the training outline of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for recertification training in law updates for the year 2021.
The preparers of this document reviewed the published decisions of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Sitting as the Law Court as they relate to criminal procedure for the period October 2020 through October 2021. The document contains summaries of cases of general interest and relevance to Maine law enforcement officers. Accordingly, this document is not a listing of all decisions of the three appellate courts.
The summaries are those of the preparers and do not represent legal opinions of the Maine Office of the Attorney General or interpretations by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy or the Maine Chiefs of Police Association.
If a decision is of interest to the reader, the entire text of the decision is available by clicking on the relevant Internet link. Given that court decisions are very fact-specific, the entire text of a decision should be reviewed for a more comprehensive understanding and particularly before taking any enforcement or other action.
The preparers wish to recognize the support and assistance of Assistant Attorney General Donald W. Macomber of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, who reviewed this document and offered meaningful comments and suggestions, and who is always available to answer questions posed to him concerning criminal procedure and other constitutional issues.