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York County probate judge denies accusations he created backlog as retaliation (ME)

Portland Press Herald

November 11, 2015

York County Probate Judge Robert M.A. Nadeau on Wednesday denied accusations by county officials that he created an artificial backlog of court cases in retaliation for not getting a substantial raise he requested.

In an interview with the Portland Press Herald, the elected, part-time judge said he is undeterred by the latest round of accusations against him, this time by the York County Commissioners, and will continue to hear probate matters on the schedule he believes best serves the people of York County.


Can Tom Benson remove estranged heirs from ownership in Saints, Pelicans? No ruling yet (TX/LA)

The Times Picayune

November 10, 2015

The question of whether Tom Benson can remove his estranged relatives from ownership in the Saints and Pelicans is set for trial more than six months from now, but a federal judge Tuesday (Nov. 11) heard arguments on what legal power the billionaire has in the family struggle.

Benson, 88, wants to remove stakes in the NFL and NBA franchises from trust funds created in recent years to benefit his daughter, Renee Benson, and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanch. Two San Antonio lawyers serving as trustees over the accounts have blocked his attempt to remove stock in the teams.


Lawyer took money from estate (NZ)

November 10, 2015

A lawyer who acted for a widow involved in an estate dispute took money from the estate to pay his own fee.

The lawyer, whose name was withheld, was charged with three counts of professional misconduct by the Auckland Standards Committee of the Law Society.


York County probate judge accused of creating backlog (ME)

November 10, 2015

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A York County probate judge is accused of creating a backlog of cases in retaliation for not getting a pay raise he requested, according to a letter from York County Commissioners.

The commissioners sent a letter to probate judge Robert Nadeau on November 5, saying that the judge imposed new scheduling delays in direct retaliation to their denial for an increased salary.


Judge Nadeau says “no” to court schedule change (ME)

Journal Tribune

November 10, 2015

ALFRED — York County Judge of Probate Robert M.A. Nadeau said he won’t be changing the probate court schedule, as recommended by county commissioners following an October hearing.

“Your findings of fact and resulting recommendations are respectfully, grossly misinformed, inappropriate, inaccurate and rejected,” Nadeau wrote, in part, in a Nov. 5 email to county officials.

The Oct. 7 hearing came in response to Nadeau’s abrupt change of the court schedule to Mondays and Fridays within hours of a denial in April for his bid to hold more court days and for a larger salary. He had previously held court on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a total of eight days a month and he earns a county salary of $54,000 for his part-time work.