Kellett matter goes to high court



ELLSWORTH — The Maine Board of Overseers to the Bar has filed a complaint against Hancock County Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

The complaint stems from a December 2012 decision by the Board of Overseers that there is probable cause that Kellett violated bar rules during the 2009 trial of Vladek Filler, a former Gouldsboro resident charged with sexually assaulting his wife.

The decision to file the complaint came after a two-day hearing on a 2010 complaint by Filler held by the board in October.

Kellett has until May 17 to respond to the board’s complaint. The matter will then be scheduled to be heard de novo by a Supreme Court justice.

In the decision, the three-member panel that heard complaint in October acknowledged that mistakes made by an attorney during a trial are not necessarily violations of bar rules. However, they did cite two concerns. One is regarding statements Kellett made in closing arguments. The other is Kellett’s alleged failure to produce two pieces of evidence requested by Filler’s attorney as part of the discovery process.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander