7th Amendment Outlawed for All Maine Evictions

Maine Judicial Branch FY15 Annual Report Shows Every Eviction Violated 7th Amendment
AUGUSTA, Maine - May 7, 2016 - PRLog -- According to two civil rights lawsuits filed on February 11 and 16, 2016 in GinA v. Leigh Saufley et al, 1:16-cv-00095-NT, and GinA v. City of Augusta et al, 1:16-cv-00100-NT, in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, GinA alleges all evictions in Maine happen without a trial by jury in violation of the 1st, 7th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.

GinA's legal pleadings can be downloaded or viewed from her google drive here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B0_D0SnXbrl0dklyMkpSSjZTcVk.

Statistical data on Page 2 of the Maine Judicial Branch's Annual Report for FY15 found here:  https://www.scribd.com/doc/311834575/ar2015 proves GinA's allegations by showing 6,177 FEDs (evictions) were ordered in District Court during fiscal year 2015 in a summary process with zero FEDs heard in superior court. Links for Annual Reports for FY10-FY14 are available.

Historical court data further supports GinA's allegations by showing all Maine FEDs for FY10-FY14 were ordered during a summary process in District Court with no trial by jury.

What's most alarming, however, is the increased frequency of these unconstitutional acts.

GinA's complaint at items #19 and #20 on Pages 34-35 provide data for FY10 - FY15 which "shows a 35% spike in district court evictions for FY10-FY15: FY10 - 4,717, FY11 - 5,162, FY12 - 5,352, FY13 - 5,702, FY14 - 6,076, FY15 - 6,177. All Maine evictions from FY10 through FY15 were ordered in a Rule 80D summary process pursuant to 14 MRSA ยงยง 6001 - 6030-E with no discovery and presided over by a single judge in a state district court."

What has happened to 7th Amendment protections during evictions in Maine?

What has happened to Maine Judicial Branch's compliance with United States Supreme Court historical precedents, specifically Pernell v. Southall Realty, 416 U.S. 363 (1974)?

GinA published a video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjfuRWKxWeM ) to show police breaking into her home after she filed her civil rights lawsuit, and she has started a fundraiser on GivingGrid https://www.givinggrid.com/reapjustice/ and other major fundraising platforms to help her Reap Justice for All Poor Tenants who are now, have ever been, or ever may be similarly situated.

To speak with GinA for more information, contact MAINE TENANTS JUSTICE LEAGUE at 207-358-8887 or press@mainetenants.org .

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