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Maine supreme court wraps up road show by hearing appeal by man who pushed wife off cliff


HERMON, Maine — The Maine supreme court is wrapping up a road trip to three high schools in Scarborough, where it's hearing an appeal by a man convicted of pushing his wife off a cliff.

A judge sentenced Charles Black to 10 years in prison for attempted murder. His wife survived the fall off an 800-foot cliff in Camden Hill State Park, and they've since divorced.

Oral arguments in Black's appeal were scheduled for Thursday at Scarborough High School, one of three high schools where the supreme court has held sessions this week.

Since 2005, the state supreme court has visited 29 Maine high schools. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says the program provides "a real-life civics lesson to Maine high school students."

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