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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Movement to Disbar Mary N. Kellett

Ed note: Today's post was authored by Dr. Paul Elam over at A Voice For Men and is reprinted here at his request. 

There are often times that we shake our heads at injustices in the world. Sometimes it seems to be all we can do. And with so many problems in modern life, and their often systemic, intractable nature, it can be difficult to choose what battles to fight and when. Because of this we have increasingly become a nation of head shakers, concerned about an array of injustices but often not knowing where to turn or what to do to solve them.With that in mind we have an opportunity, right here and now, to face down and fight against a terrible injustice, an absolute evil, going on in the state of Maine.

Vladek Filler is about to face trial for a second time on the charge of raping his wife, Ligia. He was brought to trial the first time by Bar Harbor prosecutor Mary N. Kellett, who has sought to imprison Mr. Filler despite the fact that she knows that there is no physical evidence that he ever committed a crime, and despite the fact that his accuser Ligia Filler has proven to be a violent criminal, a liar who has been caught in false allegations against her husband, and a physical and emotional abuser of her husband and children with a history of severe psychiatric problems.

Ligia Filler has been referred to as “certifiable” by sheriff’s department personnel who she repeatedly threatened to kill.

Mary Kellett’s professional conduct in this case breeches virtually all canons of legal ethics where it concerns prosecutors, from intentionally misleading jurors to avoiding pretrial discovery to actually asking a law enforcement officer to refuse to comply with a valid subpoena in order to help her conceal exculpatory evidence.

All of this, and many other similar cases, have been conducted under the supervision of Bar Harbor, Maine District Attorney Carletta Bassano, leading to the almost unavoidable conclusion that the problem is not just one rogue prosecutor, but one in which District Attorney Bassano is an enabling accomplice.

Additionally, all of these events have transpired without so much as raising an eyebrow in local news media.

Given the complicity of her supervisor and the lack of attention by local media, Kellett appears emboldened to continue this reign of terror on the life of Vladek Filler, his children, and other innocents who reside in the community Kellett is supposed to protect.

Vladek and son Andrew
- 6 months before the persecution

After having Filler’s first conviction overturned by the Maine Supreme Court, due to her own prosecutorial misconduct, she is coming after him again, putting him through another trial on the same slipshod evidence.

Kellett is not pursuing justice; she is making a mockery of it in ways that border on criminality. She is out of control and no one with authority over her is doing anything about it.

And given the hubris demonstrated by her actions, it is clear she feels free to proceed with impunity.

We cannot, must not, allow this to happen.

This is a battle worth choosing to fight, and A Voice for Men is not the only place that is happening. Glenn Sacks at Fathers and Families, the nation’s leader in father’s rights advocacy, is speaking out about this story. You can also read about it at The False Rape Society. This article will also be running at The Spearhead, with thanks to our good friend Mr. W.F. Price.

The organization Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (S.A.V.E.) has taken an even more significant action, sending a Complaint for the Disbarment of Prosecutor Mary Kellett to the Maine Board of Overseers for the Bar.

They have also authored a letter to Paul LePage, the Governor of Maine, referencing the disbarment complaint and making an appeal for an intervention on Mary Kellett on behalf of Vladek Filler and the people of Maine.

And you can do your part.

Write Governor LePage here and respectfully insist on an investigation to the practices of Mary N. Kellett. The message can be as simple as. “For the sake of justice, please assure that Mary Kellett is relieved of her prosecutorial duties and disbarred from the practice of law.”

Write the Board of overseers for the Bar here, and insist that they respond to the allegations against Kellett with an investigation.

Lastly, try to get the media involved. Bill Trotter does crime reporting for the Bangor Daily News. You can write email him at btrotter@bangordailynews.com or phone him at 207-460-6318 and ask him to consider investigating this story. This is a very important step as media attention will require political attention and action of some kind.

Don’t wait for others to do this, please, or think that just one person calling and writing is enough. That would be a fatal mistake.

When you have done one or all the suggestions listed here, please come back to this thread and simply put the word “done” in the comments, wherever you are reading this.

What is happening in Maine is only a microcosm of what is happening across the Western world. So regardless of where you live, your insistent message to one or all of these people can help force them to consider looking in to Kellett’s activities. And make no mistake about it, Kellett’s actions, if unchecked, are a forecast of own future. We know this is a witch hunt, but because most are ignoring it, it will spread. If we take this silently, we have lost in the most tragic and disgraceful of ways.

This is a fight worth fighting, people. If you are reading this, you could be another Vladek Filler, or someone who cares about him. Your children could be hurt the same way his children have. And your freedom, even if seemingly secure today, cannot be assured for tomorrow as long as the likes of Mary Kellett are allowed to practice predatory prosecutions against innocent human beings.

And If she is allowed to build a career on doing this, there will be nothing to stop the same from happening where you live.

It is your future, and your move.

Originally published at A Voice for Men on March 29, 2011. Reprinted with permission. Also see the petition to disbar Mary Kellett.

7 comments:

Professor Hale said...

Meanwhile a woman wuns into a hotel in Lybia and screams that she had been raped by "government forces" and she becomes international front page news for several days.

Of course, the hotel was the one being used by Western "journalists" at the time.

No evidence. No coroboration. No followup. Just a wild accusation and it gets covered. The news knows that the only thing that sells better than war, is sexed up war.

Elusive Wapiti said...

"Of course, the hotel was the one being used by Western "journalists" at the time."

Yeah. Pretty convenient, eh?

Two thoughts on that one:

1) If her aim was to be an attention whore, she got one. The internationally famous rape accusation. She's being feted like a hero.

2) I wonder if anyone who hears her accusation ever stopped to wonder what the purpose was in going to the journos. Perhaps it was a cynical attempt to embarrass the Khaddafi administration and make pro-rebel propaganda in a 4GW media fight?

Campion said...

Or she was raped and knew that running to journalists was the only way to get her story out. I wouldn't be surprised if she was raped but, as you say, we have no evidence.

Professor Hale said...

What would be the point in "getting her story out" to a bunch of foreigners? The proper venue to revenge and redress is to tell your story to your family. They then take it up with the magestrate. Even failing governments and despots normally have some kind of functioning legal system. I am pretty sure that rape is illegal in Libya. I am also pretty sure that being in the Libyan army is not considered a shield against prosecution for criminal acts.

Without a doubt, I am sure that this was not the only Libyan woman raped in the past year, but she is the only one reported by the foreign press. Rape is a local criminal matter, in no way related to rebellion and certainly not newsworthy.

Professor Hale said...

BTW, I don't care about Ms Kellett. I think that she definitely needs to be removed from office and prevented from ever practicing law again. But I also think that that is for the people of her state and county to decide, not outsiders like me.

Similarly, I don't like Mayors from NYC coning down to my gun show and talking about loopholes and mass shootings.

Elusive Wapiti said...

PH,

If this comment was directed toward me:

"What would be the point in "getting her story out" to a bunch of foreigners?"

I'm thinking that there would be some utility in making a sensational media allegation against Khaddafi's regime...the objective would be to garner support for the rebels in the international community.

Professor Hale said...

I suppose. But then I am pretty jaded about manipulation of the media. I find that it is so easy that any rational person should automatically doubt whatever they see int he popular media.