- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The state Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the now-defunct Board of Corrections had the authority to withhold state money from a county that was paying off debt from a new jail.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1PJOL8x ) a decision released Thursday says the court ruled that the board wasn’t wrong when it refused in 2013 to give Somerset County its third-quarter payment from the State Investment Fund.

The board argued that the county took in more money than it expected from housing federal prisoners in the East Madison jail that year. It said the money should have been given to the board.

The county sued, arguing it was entitled to receive the payment.

Thursday’s court decision vacates a 2014 ruling that said the county didn’t need the board’s approval.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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