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Former Speaker of the House Mark Eves will have his day in court Featured

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Former Speaker of the House Mark Eves will have his day in court

AUGUSTA - The former Speaker of the House will have his day in court.

Last year, the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's dismissal of Mark Eves lawsuit.

 

It accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmailing a Central Maine Charter School, which ultimately chose not to follow through on its decision to hire Eves. LePage threatened to withhold state funding from the school if Eves was hired by the school.

 

In May 2016, a federal judge dismissed Eves lawsuit ruling LePage had immunity against such a lawsuit.

 

That decision was appealed, but a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court upheld the dismissal.

 

Friday, it was announced, the court was overturning the earlier ruling and would hear arguments on the appeal.

 

One major question judges want answered by the lawyers is whether Governor LePage has limited immunity in this situation.

 

The court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in April.