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Aggravated disorderly conduct would become a crime under House passed proposal

The House Friday afternoon endorsed a Senate bill that creates a new crime of aggravated disorderly conduct.

The Senate Judiciary Committee crafted the bill after a Topsham man complained that his neighbor “Jack” blared his horn, shouted obscenities and made life miserable for him and other neighbors.

The bill would both increase the penalty for repeat disorderly conduct and create the new offense with stiffer penalties of up to 180 days imprisonment and a fine of not more than $2,000.

Defender General Matthew Valerio has told senators he is concerned the bill is too far-reaching and would swamp the system with more low-level offenses.

The House Judiciary Committee said it heard testimony from a private citizen, the State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs’ Association, legislative council and the Defender General and unanimously approved the bill.

Laura Krantz

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  • Paul Lorenzini

    More laws, without solving problems, will lead to more criminals, which will result in more disenfranchised citizens, that will be on welfare, and will visit the state shrink, and get a prescription for a mind altering substance, on the public buck.

    What was the backstory of Jack?

    What was it about his new neighbors that aggravated him? Did they remind him of his mother? Freud wonders.

    digger didn’t dig that story, or they did, and we never heard.

    • Carl Hildebrandt

      Jack’s already on the public dime, and unfortunately he has stopped taking his medication and going to counseling. His mental problems do not give him the right to antagonize and go after citizens.
      No idea where the Freud comment comes from, nor are we new neighbors. We have lived next to Jack for 8 years now, helped him for the first 4, then he snapped. Please do your research before making accusations and assumptions, no matter your opinion for or against us.

  • Carl Marcinkowski

    The whole story has been published before.

    • Paul Lorenzini

      Jack’s side too? Please point me to that article, I must have missed it. Sorry for being an idiot.

  • John Perry

    This sounds a lot like a way to get mentally ill folks into prison, instead of getting the care they need. Or maybe it’s a way to seize their property.

    • Paul Lorenzini

      Both! The highest paid state employees are part of the psychiatry industry, they need more human capital, and so does the prison industrial complex. It is a win win law, for who?

    • Pat McGarry

      Considering the new state wide rapid intervention program whereby the mentally ill can avoid charges if they get treatment, giving the prosecutor the ability to provide a bigger disincentive to those who choose not to participate isn’t a bad idea.

  • M.L. Stephens

    Years ago our town had a resident who acted rather like the ‘Jack’ mentioned above (as described in the previous Digger article) His house was located on a public road leading to a hiking/ recreation area, and a neighbor’s house abutted his property. He would scream and make rude gestures and threats at passers-by and his neighbors. His behavior escalated over time, becoming really scary when the road was graded in front of his house…. turns out he believed people were infringing on and trying to steal his property. Shortly after the incident with the roadwork, he fired a high-powered rifle into a passing van of young girl scouts on their way to a hike. A child was hit by a round and lost her leg. If someone had been able to take authoritative, relevant action based on his disorderly conduct prior to the shooting, that child might not have been shot.

  • Carl Hildebrandt

    If you want the story, refer to the other articles, though it is a LONG and complicated story. I am Carl, the neighbor from the other articles. If anyone wants to “dig” further, I am ready and more than willing to tell the whole story. Those who side with Jack, I really hope you never have a neighbor like we do.
    M.L. Stephens, you kit the nail on the head.

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