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Judge gives his side in dispute with York County officials (ME)


November 11, 2015

ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – An elected judge, who has been under fire lately, is telling his side of the story.

York County Probate Judge Robert Nadeau has been accused by county officials of creating an artificial backlog of cases in retaliation for not being given a pay raise. County commissioners accused him of changing the court’s scheduled just hours after they rejected his salary request.


Lyon County, administrator to pay $2.1 million for stolen items (NV)

Las Vegas Review-Journal

November 11, 2015

Lyon County and former Public Administrator Richard Glover must pay $2.1 million to the heirs of a man whose Wellington home was looted after his death in May 2006, a federal jury ruled Tuesday.

“It’s been a really long haul,” Las Vegas resident Richard Mathis said after hearing the verdict.

The verdict stemmed from a civil rights lawsuit filed by Mathis and his two brothers, Anthony and James, who accused Glover of illegally seizing and stealing nearly $1 million of heirlooms and other property from the home of their 85-year-old father, Joe, shortly after his death.


Wife is absolute owner of property given as ‘maintenance’ in will: SC

Hindustan Times

November 13, 2015

A wife becomes absolute owner of property willed to her for “maintenance” by her husband and can do whatever she wants with it, the Supreme Court has held in a judgement that’s being seen as a shot in the arm for women’s rights.

A bench headed by justice MY Eqbal said simply because a will stipulated that the wife would own the property in her lifetime doesn’t mean the rights would go back to the male heirs of her deceased husband.

“It is well settled that under the Hindu Law, the husband has got a personal obligation to maintain his wife and if he is possessed of properties then his wife is entitled to a right to be maintained out of such properties,” the court ruled, saying this was a woman’s absolute right under Section 14 of the Hindu Succession Act.