Comments for: Hancock County prosecutor defends actions during 2009 trial of man acquitted of rape

Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 9:32 p.m.

BANGOR | During the lengthy second day of a misconduct hearing, a Hancock County prosecutor spent more than three hours defending her actions in the 2009 trial of a man who later was acquitted of raping his wife. Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett told the Maine Board of Overseers …

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  • Anonymous

    Someone has to watch the watchers.. She should be arrest for treason.

    • jerrymyx

       Why treason?

      • Anonymous

        subverting constitutional rights of an individual.

        • Anonymous

          That is not treason.

  • Davida Willette

    lawyers are human. ellsworth has had some high profile cases. povich was very anti domestic violence sex abuse including child molestation. i think povich was DA then. she did what he told her i imagine. 

    • jerrymyx

      LOL you don:t give her credit for being a big girl!!!

      • Davida Willette

        she is a smart lady that i know. i do give her credit i know she isnt afraid to use pics and videos if she had to in a case. she is a good lawyer with some of the cases with domestic abuse some ladies went getting abused and kill. public pressure was on. povich did prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.kellett is a good prosecutor too good .

        • Anonymous

          Kellett is unethical and mercenary, and her excuses are pathetic, which implies she is incompetent as well.  How that adds up to a “good prosecutor,” is a mystery to anyone with a modicum if intelligence.

          Here, Have some Kool-Aid.

          • Davida Willette

            i am very famaliar with kellett i know first hand how prosecutes. she prosecuted me on a cat case. she used my sister as a star witness. my sister gave the prosecution their evidence in the form of pictures and video. she was going to use it . i had to plea. they used my sister to gather evidence. they should have done their own dirty work 

        • Anonymous

          No,
          The evidence indicates that she is an unethical prosecuter who will fabricate evidence, withold information, and a number of other illegal and unethical actions in order to further her case.
          Hopefully she will be dis barred, and Maine can try to regain some sense of justice in our justice system

          • Anonymous

            What evidence did she fabricate?  That is not in the sotry.  Sounds like you have an axe to grind…

          • Davida Willette

            i have a big axe to grind 

          • jerrymyx

             innocent of a crime…….,Advice, Don”t take a plea!  holler the roof off, and let the chips fall where they may…

          • Davida Willette

            i should have my sister sent a copy of her video my witness changed his mind to testify. that is witness tampering. she mailed it to him. kellett charged me with witness tampering when i called my sister they changed the court date. eventually kellett dropped that 

        • Anonymous

          If she was too good an attorney she would not need to work in the DA’s office to survive, she would be in private practice like the other 1000 attorneys in Hancock County.  She is by far one of the poorest jurists in Hancock County and has obviously had to resort to unethical means to win yet again.

        • jerrymyx

          LOL ……I  think, your opinion is misguided…sorry…. our opinions….of what a good prosecutor is, differs greatly….I saw first hand her degree in law, at work, NOT good!!! It was beyond incomprehensible , the strategy she used in a case,in trying  to obtain a conviction, of an innocent man; who was found innocent/not guilty by a very smart jury, and a good and decent man/lawyer from Holden, who truly believes in Justice.

          • Davida Willette

            i have seen her in the court room what she does is builds up alot of charges if she can then can set up a plea. two or three charges against a person then they are forced to plea. she also had a harassment charge against me from people who lived across the street . my computer got stolen i knew they took it. i went after them. three years later i get it buck it was them who took it.

          • jerrymyx

            I personally don”t know your case; but sorry you felt you were forced into the plea deal…..my stepson would NOT take a plea deal in his rape trial!!!! he was going for broke! his lawyer gave him the opportunity to take the deal from prosecutor….   Kellett, in Hancock County….he said 
                             emphatically…….  NO….

          • Davida Willette

            didnt want my name in the paper. i was one of these people that i had too many cats . then they were going witch hunts for people like me 

          • Davida Willette

            it wasnt a fun time back then i am still suffering for it .they used my sister they knew she and i didnt get along with me. after my father died . they came after me like a swarm of vultures . the AC and local pd. one summons after another it was deliberate calculated i did sign over the cats two court orders . my health suffered from it i was in the hospital with heart failure now i am a diabetic i have a leaking mitral valve. 

  • Anonymous

    Suppressing evidence…sure am glad this type of thing doesn’t happen in Bangor. 

    • Anonymous

      LOL. trying not to pee myself, Thanks.

    • Davida Willette

      i am sure it happens in bangor. you got several high profile cases up there right now be interesting murders 

  • Anonymous

    She should be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this case. Either way I am sure she has been encouraged to seek alternative employment after this wraps up. 

    • Anonymous

      You are kidding right, she was probably given a raise.

  • Pileggi should have gone through Kellett’s office during discovery rather than using a civil subpoena in a criminal matter? Sure, right. 

    That would be the same office that was not complying with previous requests for discovery, because, as Kellett claims, she was too busy.

    For pity sake, who up there in the great State of Maine is actually buying this BS?

    I wonder if it has occurred to anyone involved in this egregiously fouled up case (or covering it) that perhaps if Kellett did not engage in a continuous stream of flimsy prosecutions of sexual and domestic assault cases that failed the standard of reasonable doubt, then she might have had time to meet her Constitutional obligations as a prosecutor to comply with requests for discovery and observe due process.

    Don’t let anyone fool you. This is about money. VAWA money, which financially rewards the prosecutors office for pursuing these cases, no matter how baseless. This is why so many Maine prosecutors follow a “no drop” policy, including Carletta Bassano’s office. 

    With all respect to BDN, I hope someone there starts doing what journalists used to do — dig until they find the real story here, and REPORT on it.

    Free Vladek Filler.

    • Davida Willette

      you always ask for discovery in any case especially if it is criminal and where it came from and the charge.you always find out what the other side has any smart defense lawyer should know that. what info the prosecutor has getting that discovery is very important for the defense attorney the DA should disclose all information they have 

  • J H

    Was Nick McRea at this hearing? This article seems like it was written from a partially completed set of notes, taken by somebody other than McRea. There is a awful lot of story missing. 

    • Anonymous

      It was probably written by someone from DA Bassano’s office in Ellsowrth.  They like 1/2 the facts and misrepresenting the truth.

      • Nope, Nick McCrea works for the BDN.  http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/19/living/beer-that-shall-not-remain-nameless/  He worked as a copy editor last year. Wonder why Bill Trotter didn’t cover Tuesday’s hearing.  

    • Nick was there…sitting behind prosecutor’s table…

  • Anonymous

    What should happen and what is going to happen are two entirely different things. From a practical perspective, if Kellert got kicked out of the club, every case she prosecuted would be fair game for review, and that’s just not going to happen. No judge wants to get reversed, and the state just wouldn’t allow her cases to get thrown out. The MBOB members belong to the same club, so the most we can hope for is a slap on the wrist for Kellert, but I wouldn’t count on it.

    If the DA’s office was not a political position, and it operated independently to procure fair justice, these cases could proceed properly, without someone’s political career on the line. The DA’s office should not be a popularity contest.

    Best solution for all of Hancock County’s citizens, purge the DA’s office and start with a new staff, no exceptions, only then can true justice prevail.

  • Anonymous

    A prosecuting attorney with the DA’s office will NEVER admit they are wrong.  There should be some kind of criminal charge against DA’s or Assistant DA’s who knowingly ignore or hide the facts to further their cause for conviction.  I’m not an attorney but it seems strange to me that evidence has to be requested at all.  If you believe in your case then put the information out there ASAP for all to see.

    • Anonymous

      Amazingly you do not see the Hancock County Bar standing up to defend her actions.  Wait, one of the very reputtable members of that Bar testified against her.  When you own collegues are not defending you maybe you should see the light.

    • jerrymyx

      There was an excellent investigative article the
      appeared last week
      in USA Today.  The article is entitled “Prosecutors’ Conduct Can Tip
      Justice Scales”  Click here for the article

      The article describes what happens when federal prosecutors have a
      win-at-all-costs approach when their true calling is to do justice.  It
      describes horrific instances of prosecutors hiding evidence, lying to
      courts and juries and violating plea agreements made with defendants.
       

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  • Anonymous

    Free Vladek Filler!

    Disbar ADA Mary Kellett!

    Implement policies to prevent this kind of abuse!

    I demand a full investigation!

  • Anonymous

    This type of attorney behaviour is common.  Attorney from french attorn is to turn over, to twist.

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