AUGUSTA – Speaker Sara Gideon released this statement in response to Governor Paul LePage’s decision to publicly release a letter sent to Maine Supreme Court Justice Joseph Jabar:

“An independent judiciary is fundamental for the rule of law and the integrity of our system. The governor’s decision to publicly release this letter is deeply troubling. The judiciary must remain independent and immune from exactly this type of pressure. The people of Maine need to have confidence that justice is administered impartially, not at the behest of the Executive Branch. Justice Jabar has served Maine honorably and should continue to do so.”