Murder trial judge in crash a block from Auburn courthouse

Daryn Slover

A tow-truck driver cleans up the scene of a head-on collision on Main Street in Auburn on Tuesday morning. The accident delayed the murder trial of Buddy Robinson because the presiding justice, the Honorable MaryGay Kennedy, was involved.

AUBURN — A judge presiding over an ongoing murder trial in Androscoggin County Superior Court sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning in a head-on crash a block from the courthouse, authorities said.

Justice MaryGay Kennedy was taken to the emergency room at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with neck pain, police said.

Kennedy, of Brunswick, was northbound in her 2008 Lexus sedan on Main Street near Drummond Street shortly before 8:30 a.m. when a 2004 Nissan Sentra sedan driven by Scott Lee of Lewiston crossed the centerline and struck Kennedy's car head-on. Kennedy's car then struck a parked car.

Lee declined medical treatment.

Both cars were towed.

Kennedy is assigned to the murder trial of Buddy Robinson, 31, of Lewiston. His trial started a week ago and was scheduled to resume Tuesday, following Monday's holiday, but was delayed due to the crash.

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I hope that the judge is as

I hope that the judge is as understanding with this person as she is with defendants she has had at trial. To quote the paper and the judge from my son's manslaughter trial: "gross deviation from standard", "foolish and immature", "genuinely poor judgment.", or "His conduct posed a serious risk of death or harm to himself or others but did not care." These are the words used to describe the logic used by the judge to find someone not guilty of any wrong doing that killed someone in a car crash in a 25 MPH zone. I hope that all involved in the accident are fine and glad no one was seriously injured.


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