The story of assistant district attorney Mary Kellett of Ellsworth, Maine reveals a long-standing pattern of prosecutor misconduct. Her most flagrant ethical violation was the repeated concealment of exculpatory evidence – a cover-up -- by a county prosecutor sworn to uphold truth and justice.
Had this evidence been disclosed in a timely manner to defense counsel, it would have proven the innocence of the defendant, Vladek Filler, wrongfully accused of spousal assault.
ADA Kelllett’s stonewalling tactics, carried out over the span of nearly two years, would eventually reach the state Supreme Court. Mary Kellett’s ruse implicated police officials, other prosecutors, and even the state Attorney General.
On December 5, 2012 a three-member legal oversight panel found ADA Kellett had violated seven ethical standards, including the concealment of exculpatory evidence, trying to mislead a jury, failing to employ reasonable skill and care, engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, and indulging in conduct unworthy of an attorney.
The panel recommended suspension of Kellett’s license to practice law. The panel’s report can be viewed here: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=mebar_overseers_discipline&id=464815&v=article
The case has now been referred to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to impose sanctions. Tell Maine governor Paul LePage that ADA Mary N. Kellett must be brought to justice. After years of misconduct, it’s time for ADA Mary Kellett to face the music!
For more information, visit: http://www.saveservices.org/camp/intolerable-injustice/ .
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