Abuse Hysteria in Maine: The Ghost of Michael Nifong
Week 1 Action Alert
SAVE has filed a Complaint with the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. The Complaint concludes:
“Mary Kellett’s repeated instances of prosecutorial misconduct have had the effect of undermining public respect for law. She is dangerous to the even-handed administration of justice. Kellett has been shown to be an enabler of a known perpetrator of child abuse. Therefore, prosecutor Kellett’s actions demand disbarment by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar in order to assure the safety and tranquility of the citizens of Maine.”
The entire 9-page Complaint can be seen here: http://www.saveservices.org/wp-content/uploads/COMPLA1.pdf
SAVE has also sent a letter to Gov. Paul R. LePage, requesting that he “intervene to restore justice and to protect the interests of vulnerable children whose lives will be irrevocably affected by the outcome of this case:” http://www.saveservices.org/wp-content/uploads/LePageLetter3.28a.2011.pdf
SAVE now invites you to speak out and bring about change. We call on persons to contact Governor LePage with a message like this: “For the sake of the children and for the sake of justice, please assure that Mary Kellett is relieved of her prosecutorial duties and disbarred from the practice of law.”
Use Governor LePage’s contact information to make your respectful complaint, and sign the Petition below:E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1-207-287-3531 Fax : 1-207-287-1034 And sign the petition:
Michael Nifong and Maine: What’s the Connection?
During the early hours of March 14, 2006, a group of Duke University lacrosse players allegedly raped and sodomized a Black woman. Over the next 13 months, the sleepy town of Durham, North Carolina became witness to a succession of prosecutorial accusations, full-throated media warnings, and castration marches.
On April 12, 2007, the state Attorney General declared the three lacrosse players innocent of all charges. Two months later, prosecutor Michael Nifong was disbarred on grounds of engaging in fraud, dishonesty, and deceit.
Twelve days later and 800 miles away in rural Maine, Ligia Filler was found running on the road partially undressed, screaming she was going to kill her husband for abusing their children. These allegations were investigated and found to be false. But allegations that her husband Vladek had sexually assaulted her soon escalated into criminal charges against this innocent man.
Despite the lack of any physical evidence, Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett filed seven indictments of assault. The case was tried January 12-15, 2009. Mr. Filler was found guilty on three charges and innocent on four charges.
The case was appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. On September 9, 2010 the Court issued its decision, ordering a new trial and concluding that Keller had engaged in prosecutorial misconduct because she had “improperly encouraged the jury to use the absence of evidence regarding the marriage ending and a child custody dispute – evidence that had been excluded based on the State’s objection – as a reason to reject [defendant] Filler’s case.”
The new trial is now scheduled for May 23-26, 2011 in Ellsworth Superior Court. ADA Mary Kellett is expected to be a member of the team involved in the re-trying of the case, raising the specter of a worrisome continuation of prosecutorial abuses.