Alison Beyea speaks with Portland Press Herald about juvenile manslaughter case
March 27, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine – Alison Beyea, Director of Admissions and an adjunct professor in juvenile law at the University of Maine School of Law, was interviewed for a news story that appeared on March 15 in the Portland Press Herald.
The story, written by Press Herald staffer Eric Russell, focused on a competency hearing for an 11-year-old girl who faces a charge of manslaughter. Kelli Murphy of Fairfield is accused of killing 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss Greenway, who died in July. Murphy is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in at least 25 years in Maine, Russell reported.
Beyea commented on the unique nature of juvenile proceedings, and on the judge’s decision to close the competency hearing to the public.
“Because the law is silent on public access to juvenile competency hearings, Beyea said, judges likely will make decisions case by case, at least until the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is asked to rule on the question. Murphy’s case appears to be the first test of the new law.”
Beyea, a 1997 graduate of Maine Law, joined the Law School as Director of Admissions in the fall of 2012. A former staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Beyea co-founded KIDS Legal, a statewide legal assistance program that helps low-income children in Maine.