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In Maine, It Doesn't Pay to be a Man
Renew America ^ | February 1, 2010 | Carey Roberts

Posted on 02/01/2010 9:08:35 AM PST by FreeManDC

Practically everyone in town knows Amy Dugas is a serial batterer. But the Maine criminal justice system keeps finding ways to keep her from facing the music.

In 2004 Amy assaulted her husband Mark in their home in Waldoboro. When the police officer came to arrest her, she kicked him in the groin. The judge released her on bail, ordering her to refrain from using weapons. Four months later she stabbed Mark with a foot-long kitchen knife, fatally severing his pulmonary artery. At the trial, she got away with the trusty I-feared-for-my-life alibi.

Two years later Dugas spent 125 days in jail following an attack on a male friend. In 2007 she was arrested again, this time for assaulting Brian Pelletier, her new husband of three weeks.

Each time, Amy Dugas was let off the hook with a chivalrous slap on the wrist, even though many were demanding she do hard time at the state pen.

No doubt about it, Maine’s domestic violence industry has friends in high places. One of them is Mary Kellett, Assistant District Attorney for the Bar Harbor area. Think of her as Michael Nifong on steroids.

Inspired by feminist Catherine Comins’ sneer, “Men who are unjustly accused of rape can sometimes gain from the experience,” Kellett has taken to prosecuting every allegation of sexual misconduct, often ignoring glaring inconsistencies in the woman’s account or clear evidence of consensual activity: http://www.fillerfund.com/marykellett.htm

In one case, Kellett summed up the case to the jury with this comment, “there has been no evidence presented to you as the jury that would suggest that a sexual act hadn’t occurred on those dates,” revealing a sad ignorance of the legal principle that the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff.

In another trial, Kellett did not present a shred of physical evidence, prompting the defense attorney to comment, “We were just very surprised with the only evidence the state had, that they brought these charges at all.”

Unfortunately for her prosecutorial victims, none of them play lacrosse at an exclusive university or have wealthy parents to hire high-powered attorneys. As a result, many have spent months in jail awaiting their trial.

It gets worse.

Maine now has a law enforcement policy that says in effect if a woman punches the living daylights out of her husband, somehow it must be the man’s fault. “Identifying Predominant Aggressors in Domestic Violence Cases” is a training guide put together by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy: http://www.maine.gov/dps/mcja/docs/Mandatory-Law/Predominant%20Aggressor.doc

A little background: It is well known that many domestic violence incidents are mutual in nature – she slaps him, he shoves back. One study by Centers for Disease Control researcher Daniel Whitaker reported fully half of all incidents of partner aggression are mutual. More often than not, it’s the woman who instigated the incident.

So when the police arrive on the scene, they need to decide who to stick in the Paddy Wagon. For years, police used the commonsense yardstick, Who started the fight? But feminists don’t cotton to that approach because, truth be told, too many women were getting arrested.

So they reached into their bag of tricks and – abracadabra! “Predominant aggressor” magically appeared in the law enforcement lexicon. Any guesses who the predominant aggressor might be?

Before I give away the punch line, you may want to see for yourself the Ms.-Information that the Predominant Aggressor curriculum bandies around: 1. The idea that abuse can be mutual is a “misconception” (I say so, it must be true.)

2. “DV is the leading cause of injuries to women between the ages of 15-44 in the U.S.” (It’s also a proven fact that the moon is made of Swiss cheese and the 9/11 attacks were masterminded by the CIA.)

3. Even if the violence is mutual, it’s bad to arrest both parties because the “batterer gains more power.” (Don’t ask to see the research. I’m the one with the mic and I’ll give you the boot if you start to ask questions.)

Then the curriculum goes on to enumerate the types of violence that it whimsically classifies as defensive: 1. Face scratches 2. Eye gouges 3. Bites to arm

Go ahead, ladies, scratch his face and gouge his eyes out. You can always say it was in self-defense — and now they’ll have to take you at your word.

Patrick Henry College professor Stephen Baskerville has recently issued a stunning indictment of our contemporary criminal justice system, lambasting it as a “Feminist Gulag.” Now in Maine, a man can be killed in cold blood without consequence to the perpetrator, prosecuted for rape with the flimsiest of evidence, or framed in a partner dispute on account of his sex.

And whatever happened to the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; activistcourts; civilrights; domesticviolence; doublestandard; feminazi; judicialactivism; liberals; marykellett; mensrights; nifongism; savethemales; spouseabuse

1 posted on 02/01/2010 9:08:36 AM PST by FreeManDC
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To: FreeManDC

Liberals and muslims destroy everything they touch!


2 posted on 02/01/2010 9:12:54 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: FreeManDC

y’know i always believe that domestic violence goes both ways. women can be and sometimes are just as hateful and abusive as some men. why do they not get the same harsh punishments as those abusive men? because she will say the man was the dangerous one and she was defending herself. why are these claims not investigated thoroughly? why is the law biased to let women commit murder but send men to prison for saying the wrong thing? equal protection under the law indeed.


3 posted on 02/01/2010 9:16:08 AM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: FreeManDC

“Family violence” is also one of today’s PC crimes, directed at men basically. I see this in our local County Court often. Usually based on verbal testimony of a woman “victim” with no supporting physical or medical evidence or witnesses.

Do I condone violence within the family? Of course not! But I have seen cuss fights (verbal arguments) result in the man’s arrest. We need balance here.


4 posted on 02/01/2010 9:18:40 AM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: FreeManDC

Statistically, the woman starts the domestic violence and the man finishes it.


5 posted on 02/01/2010 9:19:22 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Never confuse schooling with education.)
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To: FreeManDC

Good article — bad headline. Should be “it pays to be a woman” — not “it doesn’t pay to be a man”. Fundamentally, it shouldn’t “pay” to be a man. All that is expected is equality ... it shouldn’t pay to be a member of any particular demographic.

SnakeDoc


6 posted on 02/01/2010 9:20:12 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: FreeManDC

Obviously this poor SOB was also....... WHITE....


7 posted on 02/01/2010 9:20:34 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: FreeManDC

Doesn’t anyone think anymore?

First, you don’t provide proof of a general condition by a single example. So you can’t condemn Maine’s system by showing how if failed in one case.

Second, whatever may be Kellett’s virtues, failings, or outright misconduct, the generalized smear presented about her actions are little more than gossip.

Finally, by setting up specific examples of domestic violence stats and then belittling them without addressing either their accuracy or merit, the author does little but diminish himself.

The author may be 100% right on all points. He may be a visionary. But, it would be luck. All it would have taken to make his case would have been a little critical thought and facts, not opinion. Sad.


8 posted on 02/01/2010 9:21:59 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Old Korean saying - “When the hen starts to crow like a rooster, the home is finished”.


9 posted on 02/01/2010 9:22:29 AM PST by Fee (Peace, prosperity, jobs and common sense)
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To: FreeManDC

“Where’s Waldoboro”?


10 posted on 02/01/2010 9:27:12 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: IrishCatholic

“First, you don’t provide proof of a general condition by a single example.”

The Amy Dugan case is one example of a woman being treated too leniently, but the comments by Kellett (two examples were given) are a good indicator of a bad prosecutor. It took one case for Mike Nifong to lose his job. It looks long past due for Kellett to lose hers.

Still, I’ll never understand why men or women will get into a relationship with a person with this kind of history. Just like the Peterson case with the four dead wives & the guy has another girlfriend!


11 posted on 02/01/2010 9:29:23 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: IrishCatholic

Okay. We won’t condemn the system up there for that one case.

We’ll just split it into three cases, the initial assault where she attacked the police officer, the murder four months later, and the battery of her next unfortunate boyfriend two years later.

Now we have three separate cases to buttress the point.

I will say that when she moved to Tennessee, at least those people had the common sense to be horrified that she could do this, be released and go to live in their state.

I live in Massachusetts, and our state is much worse than Maine in this respect, so bad that a group sees fit to have to put banners on highway overpasses demanding justice for men in the legal system up here.


12 posted on 02/01/2010 9:33:52 AM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Waldoboro is in The Mid-Coast Maine area, near Rockland Maine.

Mrs. NHD


13 posted on 02/01/2010 9:40:54 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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I took a criminal justice class one summer for elective credit, and it was taught by a raving feminist. Our textbook, if you can call it that, was the most unbelieveable over-the-top, Gloria Allred-inspired, NOW-worshipping piece of propaganda that I have EVER seen. The author’s central message was that no woman was ever responsible for a crime; men were the the culprits in all situations.


14 posted on 02/01/2010 9:54:19 AM PST by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Waldoboro is in the ‘mid-coast’ region of Maine.

The town is on US 1, north of Brunswich, but 20 miles south of Rockland.

(winslow mills is a small community within Waldoboro, and has a ‘mini-slum’ reputation.)

The light house on the Maine quarter is in Bristol, about 20 miles away.


15 posted on 02/01/2010 9:56:52 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: FreeManDC

This sounds like one of those wacky National Organization of Men type screeds. I had a lonely neighbor once who used to send these kinds of letters to the editor of our small twon local paper once a week.


16 posted on 02/01/2010 10:14:31 AM PST by MrRobertPlant2009
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To: Twotone

My post had nothing to do with the state of Maine and everything to do with how the article was written.


18 posted on 02/01/2010 10:40:54 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: rlmorel

My post had nothing to do with the state of Maine and everything to do with how the article was written.


19 posted on 02/01/2010 10:41:25 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: IrishCatholic
“First, you don’t provide proof of a general condition by a single example. So you can’t condemn Maine’s system by showing how if failed in one case. Second, whatever may be Kellett’s virtues, failings, or outright misconduct, the generalized smear presented about her actions are little more than gossip.”

Lots more examples of Kellets failings and misconduct here from the article;

http://www.fillerfund.com/marykellett.htm

Seems Kellett is a female Mike Nefong, just like the author contends. It is easily checked if you had any interest in critical thought or in finding the truth.

20 posted on 02/01/2010 10:47:14 AM PST by monday
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To: IrishCatholic

I thought it was a reasonably written column about a pretty sad situation in the state of Maine. I understand that folks can be annoyed by poor writing, but this wasn’t THAT extreme of an example.


21 posted on 02/01/2010 11:12:18 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone
No, it was a poorly written column. Follow me here. The guy may well be right as I said,he just blew how he wrote it.

He used one egregious case to indict all of Maine's domestic violence handling. You can't use one small example to tar a whole system. Following that logic here is a parallel example of how the Left does that to the military:

5 soldiers rape a girl and kill her family in Iraq. Therefore, all soldiers in Iraq are murdering child rapists. One example proves the rule. That is the logic behind Brian Depalma’s 2007 movie Redacted. He wanted to find one example to tar all the rest. It matched his thinking already (Casualties of War=Redacted Part I).

When describing a D.A. as a Nifong on steroids he gives gossip about cases without specifying the cases or providing any facts. He just provides hearsay as if it were facts. This is very weak indeed. If there is a lot more on this D.A., he could have cited facts instead. My original observation stands that regardless of whether she was good, bad, or corrupt, this author didn't make the case, he weakened it.

He then goes on to dismiss Maine's domestic violence policy by stating a position by them, and then ridiculing that position with hyperbole, but not with a factual rebuttal. He either can't refute the facts or he was lazy.

It was an extreme example of poor thinking. Had he an editor it should have been sent back and totally rewritten. Because it is readable as is doesn't make it worth the meaningless death of electrons. For all I know the guy is a visionary on a major problem in Maine. He just couldn't put it in writing.

22 posted on 02/01/2010 11:42:06 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: monday

I do, silly. That is why the article was such a disappointment. Which is why I commented. Which is what you should have gotten out of it. Which is so sad you posted what you posted.


23 posted on 02/01/2010 11:43:57 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: IrishCatholic

I understand, thank you for the clarification.


24 posted on 02/01/2010 12:50:03 PM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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To: maine yankee; NewHampshireDuo
Waldoboro is in The Mid-Coast Maine area, near Rockland Maine.

Well...I sort of know where Waldoboro is.

Thing is...I was trying to be a smart ass.

Maybe I should have posted;
"Where's Waldo(boro)?"

25 posted on 02/01/2010 3:36:49 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
No doubt about it, Maine's domestic violence industry has friends in high places. One of them is Mary Kellett, Assistant District Attorney for the Bar Harbor area. Think of her as Michael Nifong on steroids.
Thanks FreeManDC.
26 posted on 02/01/2010 8:16:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: brushcop

The SHAME of all this is, that in the United States at least, MOST domestic violence is committed by WOMEN against men! But the Mighty Media Monolith has so far covered it up.


27 posted on 02/02/2010 6:42:34 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Duh......good one. Just too obvious.


28 posted on 02/03/2010 6:01:53 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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