Judge Orders Legal Remediation Training for Hancock County Prosecutor
July 17, 2013
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Maine supreme court justice has issued a suspension order for Assistant Hancock County District Attorney Mary Kellett.
The order, issued Tuesday by Justice Ellen Gorman of the Maine State Supreme Judicial Court, comes a day after Kellett appeared in a Portland courtroom and admitted she violated several rules of the Maine Bar when she prosecuted a former Gouldsboro man a few years ago on assault and sexual assault charges.
In the order, Gorman suspends Kellett’s law license for 30 days but effectively puts the suspension on hold on the condition that Kellett complete six hours of continuing legal education. The suspension is on hold, Gorman wrote, “for a period of not less than six months, nor more than one year.”
One hour of the continuing legal education must address “prosecutorial ethical or professional responsibility issues,” while the remainder must deal with opening statements, closing arguments and discovery. The six hours have to be approved by J. Scott Davis, counsel to the Maine Board of Overseers to the Bar, and is in addition to the annual continuing legal education training required by the Bar.
After Kellet’s training is completed and certified by Davis to Gorman, the judge’s suspension order will be terminated without further action, Gorman wrote.
Kellett was not in the office on Wednesday and her boss, Hancock County District Attorney Carletta “Dee” Bassano, did not immediately return a message left at her office Wednesday morning.