- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s highest court says it was proper for a lower court to convict a man of jury tampering after he held up a sign as jurors were being selected for his trial.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday against Joseph Solomon II’s appeal of a judgment against him. He was in court for jury selection in March 2013 when he wrote “Please don’t let them railroad your Veterans” on a piece of paper and held it up in view of 25 to 30 potential jurors.

Solomon faced trial on a charge of violating a protective order.

A lower court sentenced Solomon to two years in prison, with all but nine months suspended, and two years of probation for tampering.

Solomon did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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