Mar 25, 2016 4:57 PM
MANCHESTER - Michael Gill, the owner of Mortgage Specialists in Manchester who is known for displaying candid comments on outdoor signs, is behind bars Friday after he was held in contempt of court following an outburst during a divorce proceeding.
Gill operates electronic signs outside of his business in Manchester, Nashua, Plaistow and Somersworth. The messages displayed claim that specific New Hampshire politicians and public figures are corrupt. His most recently accusation was that two well-known businessmen are drug dealers.
Gill was taken to Rockingham County Jail Wednesday, after judge David Le Francois cited him for contempt after a courtroom outburst during a divorce hearing.
Aaron Day, a friend who had accompanied Gill to the court Wednesday, was filming the proceedings to be posted on Gill's corruption-oriented website. The judge told Gill that he could not make recordings.
Additionally, after Gill tried to introduce certain text messages he felt were relevant to the divorce hearing, the judge would not accept them, according to a report by the Union Leader.
"I was with Mike on Wednesday when he went to court on a family court matter," Day said. "I think Mike rightfully thought that he wasn’t getting a fair hearing and he verbalized that to the judge and he received a contempt of court and is in jail."
NH1 News called into Gill's Internet radio show, "State of Corruption" to ask more about Gill's use of free speech.
"I will say that if you go by the signs today you will find that Judge David LeFrancois is now on the sign, so that's the impact that that had," Day said.
NH1’s Jenna Abate asked, "Is it a bully tactic, anybody who pisses Mike off ends up on that sign?"
"Not anybody that pisses Mike off," Day said. "Look there is a long history there and an assorted situation here."
Gill’s release date is set for April 1, and there is no bail information available at this time.
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