Dechaine Appeal Denied 

(AP) In Tuesday’s 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Judicial Court decided that the three lawyers who conducted the independent investigation were acting as private citizens and were thus not subject to document disclosure requirements of Maine’s Freedom of Access Act.

The decision upheld a lower court’s ruling against James Moore, author of a 2002 book that concluded Dechaine was innocent and alleged that investigators and prosecutors had acted improperly.

The 50-year-old Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and rape of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry, who was abducted while babysitting in her hometown of Bowdoin.