NH businessman known for provocative signs to spend 10 days in jailBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
March 28. 2016 6:27PM
BRENTWOOD — A New Hampshire businessman jailed last week after a judge found him in contempt of court during a divorce proceeding was ordered to spend 10 days behind bars, according to a court order released Monday.
Judge David LeFrancois said in a one-page decision that Michael Gill, owner of Mortgage Specialists, was given “several warnings not to interrupt the court and not to speak out of turn” before being found guilty of criminal contempt.
An exchange between Gill and the judge occurred during a divorce proceeding in 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood Division on March 23, where two people with Gill attempted to record the hearing.
LeFrancois concluded that Gill had failed to properly notify his ex-wife in advance about his intention to record the hearing as required by family court rules. The judge heard testimony from Sarah Gill about her objection to having the hearing recorded.
“Mr. Gill’s repeated interruptions and speaking out of turn after several warnings not to do so prevented the court from conducting the hearing in an orderly manner,” LeFrancois said.
LeFrancois ordered Gill to spend 10 days at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood.
Gill has been allowed to record his divorce proceedings by a judge over the years with certain limitations, according to a separate order by LeFrancois made public on Monday. But Gill’s ex-wife objected to her ex-husband recording last Wednesday’s hearing because she had found financial and mental health information from prior hearings posted online in violation of earlier court orders.
“In all of the prior hearings, the court authorized the recording with certain limitations,” including “recording and dissemination of certain financial information and certain medical and mental health information of the parties,” LeFrancois said in the order. “Despite Mr. Gill being fully aware of the procedure in all of the prior hearings, he attempted to secretly record the hearing on March 23, 2016 prior to the court addressing the objection by Ms. Gill.”
Michael Gill is known for using electronic signs outside of his business, The Mortgage Specialists, in Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow and Somersworth to accuse lawyers, politicians and judges of corruption. He also advertises and posts the allegations on his web site (stateofcorruption.org).
LeFrancois ordered Gill to destroy all copies of the recordings made from the March 23 hearing, and not disseminate them including whatever copies were made by Aaron Day and an employee, Lauren Rumpler, at the time.
Gill is expected to be released from jail sometime around April 1.