Update

Filler jailed, denied attorney by Judge Robert E. Murray

 

I want to give readers an update on the Vladek Filler case, though I have to say from the outset that I am more than just a little bit pissed off. I am, in fact, angry enough to put my fist through sheetrock a few times.

For anyone not familiar with the case, please go to fillerfund.com for background.

Several weeks ago Vladek Filler filed two separate motions in the case involving his conviction for assault of his former wife, Ligia Filler. One motion was for a stay of his 21 day jail sentence so that he could complete medical treatments prescribed by his physician after an automobile accident. The other motion was to have the court recognize his new attorney of record.

“Judge” Robert Murray Jr.

The court sat on those motions for several weeks, taking no action on them whatsoever. Then on Monday, two days before Filler was scheduled to be incarcerated he was told by the court that they would not rule on either motion until they had original written notice of his previous attorney’s recusal, delivered to the court, along with other unexpected documentation. In other words, they sat on the rulings till the last minute, forcing Filler to scramble to make compliance.

Filler complied with the court, delivering those materials in person today. The court almost immediately ruled against his motion for a stay, and then decided to refuse to rule on his request to recognize his new counsel. No reason or explanation were given; just not going to make a decision that would recognize Filler’s attorney and allow him to act in Filler’s behalf. Just a few hours later Vladek was taken into custody and jailed.

Let’s be more clear about what happened. First, it was not “the court” that made these rulings. It was Judge Robert E. Murray, the same judge that sentenced Vladek Filler to 21 days of jail for pushing his wife, resulting in a magical bruise on her arm. The bruise was magical because it was not found after the alleged incident during an examination by a medical doctor, but rather appeared in a photo taken four days later by police.

By intent today, Judge Murray sent Vladek Filler to jail while simultaneously denying him legal representation. It is certain that Murray knows that Filler is scheduled to give key testimony in the disbarment hearing of Mary Kellett four days from now. And he knows that he has denied Filler needed prep time with his attorney to prepare for that hearing. Additionally, he knows that there is now effectively no one to monitor Filler’s treatment while he is incarcerated in Mary Kellett’s jail on the eve of testifying against her.

As usual, the local media is looking the other way and whistling.

I will give them one thing in Ellsworth, Maine. You are better off not to upset the powers that be there. Because if you do, even as an innocent man who beat a trumped up rape charge and managed to put a corrupt prosecutor in front of the bar, you better watch out. Carletta Bossano, Mary Kellett, Paul Cavenaugh and Judge Robert Murray will come around with some fucking law and order you won’t soon forget.

The only silver lining here is that these petty tyrants are not the only ones with long memories.

 

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Paul Elam is the founder and publisher of A Voice for Men, WhiteRibbon.org and the founder of A Voice for Men Radio, the AVfM YouTube Channel, and appears weekly on AVFM Intelligence Report, Going Mental with Dr. Tara Palmatier and weekly on MANstream Media with Warren Farrell and Tom Golden.

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  • http://www.shrink4men.com/ Dr. Tara J. Palmatier

    Just sickening.

  • Howard

    I always have been proud to be an American. Today I am deeply ashamed to be a citizen of a country with such an extent of corruption of our legal and political system and a country where such bigotry against men is allowed to freely reign.

    • napocapo69

      do not worry, things are getting alike in most of “civilized” countries …

  • http://www.saveservices.org Teri Stoddard

    Speechless.

  • Tawil

    We will highlight your name and actions to the public, Murray, and you will begin to feel the heat of public opinion. You are not immune… the internet is the media now.

    Articles about this case will now best be characterized as a challenge the Maine legal cabal, not just Kellett… if Kellett goes down, so might others.

  • http://manamongoaks.com/index.html Ray

    The Ellsworth Mafia (organized lawbreakers/criminals) is alive and well. Sorry, that’s kind of an insult to the integrity of run-of-the-mill mafiosas who don’t pretend to be anything but corrupt. They’re not hypocritical about their criminality like the Ellsworth Mafia is.

    The Ellsworth Mafia tramples America’s Constitution and is a disgrace to honest, just, law abiding citizens everywhere. http://tinyurl.com/6m2dch4 Those people are the domestic enemies of every American. Given their disregard for the “just” rule of law, they are literally, by definition, “terrorists.”

  • cooterbee

    The question I have is why is he there to let these miscreants play some more with him?
    Yes the MRM needs test cases and heroic efforts to rally around but honestly. Enough is enough. He did his part. Why did nobody advise him to blow town and stay away. At least make them spend the money and time to extradite him.

    How many years did Vesco stay on the run? How many would Filler need before there was some turnover in Maine and there are at least some who don’t have a personal stake in him?

    I see no reason for him or anyone else to be cooperative. Men have to stop making it easy for them.

    • Darryl X

      I agree. Defiance. I think he should have blown town. Left the state. Despite reciprocity among states, no other state would waste the time and resources to extradite him. I mean, it’s not like he owes child support or anything.

      • OneHundredPercentCotton

        When my son was falsely accused, and I was calmly being told that everything I’d ever been taught about our Justice System no longer existed all I could scream in my mind was “How was this allowed to happen” Why didn’t anybody stop this”!!!!

        My son being so young and so “pretty” I did not go along with having him sent to prison to be raped the next six years while we sorted things out on appeal.

        I did not think he could have overcome the damage that would have inflicted.

        If it had been ME the accused? I would probably still be in prison to this day, but then that is why even though I was the target, I wasn’t the accused.

        As a woman, I would have had a fighting chance. As a male, he didn’t have a chance in hell.

        90% of those accused accept lesser pleas, even if they are innocent because 90% of those who don’t end up in prison, and some never get out…alive.

        So, support this one brave man. Recognize this one brave man may (or may not, God help us all) be sparing the next man from such injustice.

        This is “founding fathers” action in the making. This is facing the Red Coats.

        God help you, Vladek Filler.

        • Tatyana

          Thank God for fathers like Vladek who will do whatever it takes to protect his children.

    • harrywoodape

      If you run away the “miscreants” will just focus on the next man in line and the system will not change. The spotlight needs to stay firmly fixed on his struggle and he needs to be there for that to happen. Please respect his sacrifice and his suffering and what it is about.

    • http://www.deanesmay.com Dean Esmay

      No. Facing the music and then working to get these corrupt officials to answer for their crimes and getting his record expunged is the way to go.

      We have now in the United States a Prisoner of Conscience named Vladek Filler. We need to make people aware of it.

      • http://manamongoaks.com/index.html Ray

        “We have now in the United States a Prisoner of Conscience named Vladek Filler. We need to make people aware of it.”

        Yep, guilty of having been born male. http://tinyurl.com/62w7x8

    • Darryl X

      The system isn’t going to change. These monsters answer to no one. How men interact with that system and these monsters in it is what must change. Men need a safe place to go and escape their persecution.

      Vladek Filler in jail isn’t helping Vladek Filler or anyone else. These problems have been around a long time. Most people have access to information about the corrupt system but they have chosen to be willfully ignorant.

      Exposing the truth to these kinds of people (and I use that term loosely) is not going to inspire them with knowledge and motivation to change the system.

      Reaching out to those who are receptive will help to show that they are not alone. But it will not help change the system. It will help to gather all these people who are receptive and get the hell out.

      Where to go is another story. Rats leaving a sinking ship aren’t cowards. They’re smart. I admire your optimism. But after forty-four years, I do not share it.

      • OneHundredPercentCotton

        Where does one “go”, Darryl?

        Where is this safe haven? Where is this sanctuary? The underground railroad to freedom?

        People USED to come to America to escape corruption and injustice. America now leads the world in corruption and injustice, and is happily going bankrupt to pay for it.

        There is no where to run.

        • Darryl X

          I’ve been trying to find a safe haven for a long time. Sorry I don’t have a specific answer. But I do know this: jail is not a safe haven. So the answer to your question for now is “anywhere but jail”.

          Jail is the least safe place for someone like Vladek Filler and most other men who are innocent of any wrong-doing and must be protected from the system.

          Men who are in prison or dead can’t help one another. That’s what the system wants. To disable these honest and innocent and hard-working men because they present a threat.

          That’s what the system was designed to do. Acquiescing to it is only going to make matters worse. Resisting it may have varying degrees of success but it’s better than acquiescence.

          If he has family in another state who will take him, he should go there. That’s what I’m gonna do when the cops come for me. And it’s not if but when.

          Our government is making long lists of men for priority to imprison in the largest containment facilities in history. Those facilities are being built in a few states: Georgia, Washington, Wisconsin and two others I forgot.

          The US is preparing for Martial Law. It has already conducted three Falcon Operations in 2005, 2006 and 2008 in which it rounded up and incarcerated approximately 30,000 men, almost all of whom were innocent and almost none of whom had committed any violent crimes or were armed. Most were petty drug offenders or child support oblogors or the like.

          A man who is already in jail and in the system is easier to apprehend. It’s better to stay out of jail.

        • Skeptic

          I keep thinking of rural Mexico

          • Darryl X

            Now that’s funny. Rural northern Mexico none-the-less.

      • harrywoodape

        He wouldn’t just be leaving a sinking ship…he would be leaving his children too. Sometimes you just have to stand your ground and fight no matter what the odds.

        • Darryl X

          He’s leaving his children if he’s in jail anyway.

          If it’s one thing I’m trying to impress upon anyone who will listen is that what we are dealing with is not human. They are monsters.

          They do not fear anything. They have no conscience. They are insincere and disingenous. They are compulsive pathological liars. They are manipulative and deceiptful and parasitic and opportunistic. They have no analytical skills or ability to plan for the future.They are illogical and irrational, self-serving at the expense of others. They are solipsistic. They are addicted to power and control. They are evil. Exposing yourself to them or their system is a bad idea.

          As long as he is in jail, he is like a child with its mother. He is a hostage. it’s much harder to fight the system and expose it while it has hostages. There are too many hostages right now. We need to get these men out of jail. All of them who are innocent which includes men like Vladek Filler and any man who owes child support.

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Voice-for-Men/102001393188684 Paul Elam

      I suppose all options should be on the table, but I am not getting the logic of this one. Vladek has two children, which means going on the run would force him to either leave them behind or take them underground. It would also mean he would face a felony and years in prison when caught.

      For a 21 day jail term?

      I am betting the better option, since justice was never on the table, is to go ahead and take the three weeks, as screwed up as it is. Filler could then dedicate his life as a free man to FTSU on them and other family courts, if he so chooses.

      • Theseus

        Exactly. It’s pick your battles time. Lesser of two evils situations suck really bad, but that’s the situation Filler is in right now; running really wasn’t an option.

        • Darryl X

          Yup. OK. Really sucks though.

        • Darryl X

          But I think using children as an excuse for Filler to be out of jail is as bad as the government’s excuse for putting him in. I think the children or any reference to them should be left out of the equation. Innocent men should be free. Their children should not be the reason for their freedom. Any more than their children should be the reason for their captivity.

      • Darryl X

        “…as screwed up as it is…”

        Yup.

        Today it’s twenty-one days and tomorrow it’s twenty-one years.

        Camel in the tent.

        Once the system has you, it’s hard to shake. It will keep coming after you. Been there done that.

        That’s why children are so important to the system. They can use them to get at the fathers and other men. The children are as much hostages as the fathers are. They’re shields.

        That’s why I’m so opposed to even the pretense of government interference of any sort in families. It is seldom necessary and almost always creates more problems than it pretends to solve.

        It also creates division among the MRM. Children are great weapons. The government hasn’t invented a better one yet for destroying a country or a population.

        I have children of my own. I’ve not seen them in years. That’s because the government and the mothers used their relationship with me as an excuse to abuse them.

        Tough choice that. Stay and fight a battle you have little chance of winning and be the excuse for their further abuse. Or just leave.

        The choice I made is the worst one I’ve ever made in my life. The only one that would have been worse was the alternative.

        If the government learns that it can’t use children as shields and hostages, it will ultimately stop. The reason it has been so persistent in doing so is because the tactic / strategy has worked so well these past forty-four years.

        I’m not saying I like it. That’s just the way it is. I will do whatever is necessary to support Vladek Filler and any other man.

        And I’m not going to get cross-wise of the direction of this movement. Concerning Vladek Filler or anyone else. United we stand – divided we fall. But I am going to state the obvious dilemma that we face when children are involved.

        I don’t like it when men like Filler go to jail. It sticks in my craw. And I don’t like it when it has been documented that his children were the excuse for it.

        I would like to see just once these miscreants pay for what they’ve done. In a meaningful way. Not a slap on the wrist.

        • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

          Yes it’s an important principle – men’s rights, with or without children. However, the men WITH children would need to sacrifice their relationships with their kids in order to uphold this principle. That’s a hell of a choice. Filler is the perfect example. Say, “Fuck you,” to the system and further damage his kids, or endure the ‘sentence’ for the sake of his family. I’m guessing his children’s rights are as important to him as his own rights, if not more so. I would hope no MRA would ever try to shame him for protecting his kids. (Not some woman, his own flesh and blood.) That’s not White Knighting at all.
          He can always come back later to fight from a better position. And I hope he does.

          • Darryl X

            You missed my point and misrepresented it. I was not suggesting that men in these circumstances have a choice between leaving their families or staying with them for their own sake.

            In most instances with which I am familiar (and I am familiar with many), the children are bad off enough without their real father around but would be far worse off with him around because of the mother’s implacable hostility and anger being directed at the real father.

            That’s what’s so bad about the feminist regime and the mothers, they actually threaten to hurt the children worse unless the father goes away. They create circumstances in which the child is better off if the real father leaves. Most people, yourself included as obvious from your last post, really do not understand just how evil all this is.

            That’s why so many children grow up hating their fathers. When they are young, they are conditioned by the mother to associate the abuse by their mothers with the presence of their fathers because the mother only abuses the children when the real father is around.

            She does not abuse the children when her boyfriend is around. So they come to relate safety and an unthreatening environment with the boyfriend and a threatening and unsafe environment with the real father. It’s institutionalized insanity. Or actually evil.

            By this method, the mothers teach the children that daddy is bad and boyfriend is good and that daddy has to leave and that it will be better off for kiddies if daddy is gone because he’s so bad. When really its mom whose the real tyrant.

            I’m not aware of any MRA’s who are shaming Filler for protecting his kids. He’s better able to protect them out of jail though. Shaming him for an aversion to jail is probably the worse of two evils. Just saying the obvious.

          • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

            I didn’t miss your point. I just wondered how it applies to Mr. Filler’s case. You said, “We need to get these men out of jail.” It’s going to be quite a while before the monsters are forced to stop putting these men in jail. In his case the only way to keep him out of jail in the long run, is for him to spend the next 21 days there, unless he chooses to sacrifice his family for the principle that he shouldn’t be in jail at all.

            “Today it’s twenty-one days and tomorrow it’s twenty-one years.”
            And it was twenty-one days yesterday too; the only way to fight it is by being smart. That means PUAs having fun while distracting slutty female voters from the benefits of marriage and children. That means MGTOW living as they please while withholding resources from female voters. That also means MRAs using the screwed-up system against itself by appealing to male voters, on their own behalf.
            Nobody here doubts for one minute that our enemies are monsters, and none of us are naive enough to believe they will listen to reason. They will only listen to viable threats to their own power. Valdek Filler’s being jailed without legal representation in order to silence his testimony, will become one more threat to the monsters’ power, when it is widely exposed.

      • http://manamongoaks.com/index.html Ray

        “I am betting the better option, since justice was never on the table, is to go ahead and take the three weeks, as screwed up as it is. Filler could then dedicate his life as a free man to FTSU on them and other family courts, if he so chooses.”

        I’ve never had to endure the injustices of the legal system to the extent that Filler has, but I’ve seen it too so every time I sit in a jury room on jury duty and the judge swears me into a jury panel, he gets to hear (loud and clear from me), “under duress” added to my “Yes, I’ll serve.” I’ve seen several judges turn beet red and glower, but can you guess what unspoken words were running through my mind? ;-)

        The Constitution says “We the people…, not “we the judges,” and as a jury nullificaitonist I will not follow a judge’s instructions on law, and have told several judges as much. Rather, as a jury nullificationist, I will sit in judgement of the law as well as the facts in evidence in any case.

        God knows judges and our present legal system are untrustworthy at the least, and in places like Ellsworth, Maine, they’re downright corrupt. Why would anybody follow a judge’s instructions on law?

        What would our Founding Fathers do if called to jury duty in Ellsworth, Maine?

        “…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their [the people's] right, it is their [the people's] duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their [the people's] future security.” – Declaration of Independence July 4,1776

  • Miles Tupelo

    Flight would only make matters worse. They would then have what could be interpreted as a legitimate excuse to hunt Filler down and incarcerate him for even more time. They would say ‘if he was innocent, why did he run?’ The only reason they have been able to continue to operate is because they have the assumed image of (for lack of a better term) righteous authority in the eyes of those who don’t know better.

    Now that Filler has chosen to stand his ground, the evil of that DA office, and that judge will be harder to hide. It is my sincere hope that Mr. Filler will not be made to endure this rampant evil for much longer; that those who have the legal authority to wrestle control of this situation (and others like it) out of the hands of those who choose to abuse it, will do so.

    • cooterbee

      Thank you Miles. I was wondering what those who disagree are thinking — hard for me to fathom.

      “Flight would only make matters worse.”

      We disagree fundamentally on this one. I do believe that if they want someone badly enough that they WILL get him. Not in dispute. Whether they want him badly enough has not yet been put to the test. As it stands, he always walks in, pants around the ankles, to ask for another whoppin. if he now decided to redirect his clearly superior determination and resourcefulness toward escape, he would be one tough fugitive to capture. The Maine legislature is perfectly okay with letting these criminals do their work as long as it remains a sunken cost. But would they be okay with Mary Kellett presenting them with a multi million dollar appropriation to save her career by hunting down someone who has the equivalent of a shoplifting conviction against him? I can just see each legislator explaining to voters that it was important to pass that wasteful bill to continue to cover up the criminal activities of outrageous dykes. Even if they got him to the top of the FBI Most Wanted, people have evaded them or many years. So how much are they eager to pay for all of that?

      When you are dealing with a situation that has no pretense of justice then “doing the right thing” or “standing up for yourself on your own two feet” is meaningless. The tradcon suggestion (not calling you or any individual one — just citing the mindset) that you have to respect authority for your own protection breaks down here. Filler could be dead by the weekend by order of guess who? And for what? Just to be able to say to crooks that he has nothing to hide? There need to be better reasons.

      • Darryl X

        Agreed. The corruption of the system is already exposed and obvious thanks to the efforts of AVfM and others. The immediate priority is protecting men like Vladek Filler from an obviously corrupt and dangerous system and the lunatics in it. When you see a mad dog in the street, there are two options to deal with it: (1) avoid it and give it a wide birth or (2) shoot it and kill it. You do not walk up to it and start beating it with a stick. Vladek Filler has been put in a very compromising and dangerous position by being in Mary Kellett’s jail. The obvious risk to him should be obvious and he should have been protected. If that means getting the hell out of town, then that’s what it means.

      • harrywoodape

        He has a better reason….his children. So you abandon them to a corrupt system? A long time ago men had honour and bravery and fought for just causes and family. I think that is the only way things will change…not by trying to defect or hide…there is nowhere left on earth to run my friend.

        • Darryl X

          He is of no value to his children while he is in jail.

          The US imprisons more men per capita than any other country in the history of the world. There may be a few exceptions (very few) for countries during war-time. But even states in the US like Louisiana exceed those instances.

          During the past forty-four years, the US has imprisoned more than seven-million men. Presently, more than two-million are in prison and another five-million are in the system including probation.

          Most of them are political prisoners. Approximately 50,000 are in prison for child support arrears. All these innocent men must be released. They are of no value in jail.

          The only two other countries that come close to the US for number of men imprisoned per capita are China and Russia. Jail is a bad place. Best to be avoided at all costs.

          Whenever the US condems Iran for its lacking record of civil rights, its leadership always points out the excessive number of men in our prison system.

          China and Cuba have observed the same when our country condemns them. And rightfully so. Implying either that the US is a crucible for generating criminals or that we have many innocent men in prison.

  • http://human-stupidity.com/irrationality/stupid-dogma/mens-rights-feminism Human-Stupidity.com

    Just remember:

    Filler can be put with appropriate violent prison rapists who will give a woman beater the treatment he deserves

    Filler will present testimony against Mary Kellett while shackled and in prison garb. No lawyer could pull such a feat to protect his client, by making the key witness look bad. Only judges and public defenders can.

    • OneHundredPercentCotton

      Found a pretty amazing comment:

      Whats there to complain about? As Americans, we’ve been virtually asking for it for years now. We blow a lot of hot air about freedom, yet freedom is the first thing we put on the chopping block when one of us wants to make a difference.

  • Tim Legere

    Hmmm …. Let’s see:

    – No Lawyer for Filler. Check.
    – No preparation time for Filler prior to the hearing. Check.
    – Filler Locked in a cell prior to the hearing. Check.

    Yes. It appears that justice is certainly being done in Maine.

    I am simply disgusted.

    • http://none universe

      Yes, in one isolated area and case (Filler) in Maine yet. And yes, there’s something not quite right.
      It is certainly enough to be disgusted with one Vladek Filler being denied, branded, mishandled and later warehoused in what amounts to be a stock-yard. But one? How many others? In Maine and elsewhere.
      OK, alright. Just one egregiously lop-sided case at a time.

      “It is either the end of them or the end of BOTH of us. They need us more than we need them. When they have eliminated us, they will not be able to survive on their own.” (further down)
      – BOTH? Good point that needs pointing out.
      Them needing us? I believe you’re on to it. As with individuals so with officials, court officers for ex., the latter need not only reams of court traffic for revenue streams but being told of being out of line like the former. Let alone strangling everything else in sight to oblivion.

      If severe reprimand and dismissal is reserved for Kellet/Murray and God knows how many others involved regarding this but one case alone wonder if these folks would much later appreciate being saved from continuing their wrong doings on others? I’ll bet they would. (ahem)

  • Codebuster

    I put my thoughts on hold lest something intelligible that bears repeating came to me.

    Sorry, lost for words… too disgusted.

  • Codebuster

    The idea of history repeating is a bit of a cliché, but it is interesting that Filler’s story in the age of liberalism has its parallels with the likes of Martin Luther King and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter at the hands of conservatives. What’s changed?

  • knightrunner

    Paul: I feel the same as you. However, I would ask that you protect your hands for they are far too valuable. (remember your utility lol).

    It js difficult for me to explain how I feel about this. I hope that some day I have the opportunity to shake Mr. Filler’s hand.
    We are living in the tipping point of time. Right now things can be pulled back from the cliff. But it must happen now. Society has almost waited to late to address these problems. Pretty soon speaking out against injustice will be a crime itself. I have seen our liberties eroded over the last 10 to 15 years in a way that I thought could never happen in my country. If things don’t begin to change soon I foresee a time of violent social upheavals. Possibly within my life time. This is the worse possible outcome. We can stop this from happening if we act now. Everyone’s rights and liberties are being slowly stripped away. Just as we MRAs ask our fathers and grandfathers why they sat by and did nothing while feminists pushed their bigoted agendas, our children and grandchildren may as us why we did nothing will the government destroyed democracy and freedom.
    Mr.Filler is not the first prisoner of this war and he won’t be the last. However Mr.Filler is the first time we as a group fought back. What is happening right now is more significant than we or they can comprehend. This is the beginning of the resistance. The beginning of the end for one of us.

    • Darryl X

      Correction:

      It is either the end of them or the end of BOTH of us. They need us more than we need them. When they have eliminated us, they will not be able to survive on their own.

    • Poester99

      I disagree, this will become the new “normal” in the minds of the next generations and it will be just the “way things are”. With education failing to educate and generally just teaching people to conform and do as they are told for the greater good, we are very close to the ideal temperature to “boil that frog” without complaint.

  • ZimbaZumba

    Amnesty International should be notified.

    Corrupt people in power rely on a sanguine or repressed population to quietly ply their trade. The one thing they fear in a fuss, in particular: Senators and Congressmen being involved, contact them; and demonstrations with placards and media coverage.

    • Darryl X

      Last time I checked and someone can correct me if I’m wrong but Amnesty International is a feminist organization.

      • OneHundredPercentCotton

        Your aren’t wrong.

        Fathers’ rights movie censored by Amnesty International due to …

        human-stupidity.com/…/fathers_rights_men-amnesty-internati…Share

        Fathers’ rights movie censored by Amnesty International due to feminists’ protest … are that women’s groups protested the movie and Amnesty International thus …

        • Theseus

          Yeah, but it can depend on which way the wind is blowing. As ZimbaZumba says below: “They are not monolithic”.

          As an example: the ACLU can be both a friend to the MRM and an enemy. They have stood up for men in certain situations and have caved into feminists in others. A lot of it depends on who’s running the joint at the local and national level.

      • ZimbaZumba

        They are not a monolith and vary depending on the national and local organization. My take on it is they are trying to control those type of influences. Their main weapon is their impartiality.

        Elements of the Swedish lot are appalling as are those in the UK. I stopped my donation in Canada because of the video censoring in Sweden; I got a letter back saying in no uncertain terms that they disagreed with any ideological influences in AI. Their reply seemed genuine.

  • zigs344

    If he notified the court of his intent to sue the judge and prosecutor wouldn’t that engender a change of venue due to conflict of interest?

    • zigs344

      Anybody? I don’t know Maine law…

  • http://www.shrink4men.com/ Dr. Tara J. Palmatier

    Would it be worthwhile to file a complaint with the US DOJ?

    As the yobbo’s in Ellsworth, Maine do not seem interested in policing the DA’s office and now Judge Murray, perhaps the feds will?

    Should the ACLU be contacted, too? Both are probably long shots, but you never know.

    • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

      I think we should try. I have heard that the ACLU has taken on a few men’s rights cases, no doubt to it’s consternation.

      Paul? Any idea how to go about at least inquiring?

      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Voice-for-Men/102001393188684 Paul Elam

        I will put that on the table at the next JAC meeting. I think it should be done, but lets weigh options.

      • http://manamongoaks.com/index.html Ray

        I’ve never heard of the ACLU taking on any men’s issues cases in my area. I know here in Los Angeles they used to refer cases to NCFMLA anytime it invovled men’s issues. Women’s issues they’ve been more than happy to champion.

    • Darryl X

      If I recall correctly, the ACLU does have a history of supporting men in prison for child support arrears. If them then why not Filler. BTW, what’s a yobbo?

      • Aimee McGee

        I think in this context a yobbo is an uneducated or unenlightened individual

  • http://mrathunderinthehammer.blogspot.com/ Dannyboy

    Absolute horse-shyte the way this case has been manipulated by the D.A.’s office.

    I hope as soon as he gets out he launches a very large lawsuit against kellett and her cronies. Maybe the citizens of Maine won’t listen to the injustices created by ms kellett but just maybe when they realize she is about to cost them a tax increase they will wake the hell up and have these miscreants removed from their positions of power.

    I hope Mr Filler is able to stay strong in these trying times for him.

    • Darryl X

      YES!! She is costing the tax-payers money. For frivolous prosecutions which do the tax-payers no good. And actually hurt them.

      They should be outraged. They should have a revolution against Kellett’s office if they had any sense. They should march on her office and remove her by force if she does not want to go voluntarily.

      Just a thought that some people in Maine may want to consider come tax time. Or before. Anyone who believes that it’s always someone else who suffers and never themselves, well just wait till they get the bill.

      It costs a lot to keep a man in jail and to persecute him (or is it prosecute – I get so confused anymore). A lot more than it would to enforce our Constitution. Maybe if the people of Maine and everywhere else and Canada too don’t care about anyone else but themselves, maybe they will when they get the bill.

  • Mr. J

    You know, I’ve been pondering something over the last few months, how judges(courts?) and other gov’t operatives can absolutely refuse to do their job and choose to do absolutely nothing and get by with it…….. the contrast beween them and a normal citizen in a working environment, in addition its the normal citizen that pays them.

    • Mr. J

      …this has been going on for longer than I can remember, which is quite a long time.

    • Darryl X

      These thugs ARE doing their job. Their job is to oppress you and use the children to do it. I think they’re doing fine.

  • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

    Emails are flying from here.
    Question:
    Should we include US congressmen, particularly those on “human rights” and “civil rights” oriented committees?

    Also, this is a clear violation of civil rights AND a shocking waste of money via a Democrat Party Pet Project – VAWA. So, Democrats – meh. However, should we target Republicans – right now? After the election they will ignore it or justify it as “law and order,” but before the election, this would be some substantial mud for them to sling at the Democrat party – waste and corruption and all…

    • Theseus

      The ACLU could always take a default position on this to minimize any fallout that they might get. Something like: ” We are on record supporting the VAWA and we still do. However, It has come to our attention that a corrupt official is abusing her power, and misusing the very noble intentions of this bill to further her own selfish interests. As a result an innocent man has been caught in the crossfire”.

      You see? Although I disagree with part of the hypothetical statement that I wrote, I do recognize that the ACLU would have to put some kind of PR potential damage control into play. I will be contacting my local office and sending them an e-mail as well. It’s worth a shot.

      • Theseus

        Actually, on second thought per Paul’s response above, I am going to wait to see what he comes back with after the meeting before I go off half cocked and start writing letters and making phone calls.

    • keyster

      This is local politics.
      To REALLY be effective in changing anything you’d have to live there, have plenty of money and a squeeky clean record..

  • Cumbria

    This is outrageous!! The devils holding these respectable positions are lower than pond scum!!! They jack with innocent people’s lives without conscience!!!

    This is a good man who has done nothing wrong (proven) and look at the hell he is paying because of a CORRUPT system. Who else is this happening to?

    As I always say….

    KARMA BABY!!!!!!

  • PeryMason

    When my first wife and I were talking about divorce one of the topics of conversation that came up was child support and alimony.
    We discussed child support and decided what amount we both thought would be fair. I agreed to pay that amount and up intill I got custody of my son 4 months ago I did pay that amount without fail for 12 years.
    The talk of alimony was taken off the table for a reason I will discuss in a bit.
    Now you may be wondering what this has to do with the case of Mr.Filler.
    Well, as I was saying. While my wife and I were talking over terms of divorce I let her know that under no circumstance was I ever going to pay alimony to a cheating whore.
    I also let it be known that if she sought alimony or even the agreed upon child support through the courts that instead of paying her a single dime I would instead use the first few months of support and alimony to purchase a felony amount of cocaine. I told her that I would plant this felony cocaine on her and then place an annonymous call to the local police.
    I told her that I would see her ass in jail and would take custody of our son before I would ever pay her a penny of alimony or even child support through the courts system.
    !2 years later and I have never been denied visitation. Nor have I ever missed a child support payment.
    My X and I are on friendly terms and speak on the phone regularly even on issues that have no connection to our son.
    I know, prior to posting this story that AVfM cannot and will not condone the actions that I took back in 99. However, the reason that I bring this stroy up is because sometimes this is what it takes.
    Sometimes this is what a man has to do to get real justice.
    Sometimes you have to be willing to step outside of the law in order to deal with those who would seek to use the law to an unfair advantage or even use their position within the legal system to break the law as per what we are seeing in the filler case and in the case of the fellow in West Virginia.
    There are ways of dealing with these types of people in nonviolent ways that can instill compliance through fear or intimidation.
    Again, I know that AVfM cannot condone this message but…

    • TPH

      Violence is exactly what the court, judges, and prosecutors want. It gives them justification to commit more violence in return in the name of law and order.

      It’s a catch-22 that the judiciary will win every time if people lash out in rage. It’s set up that way for a purpose: control and nothing else.

      • PeryMason

        Im not talking about lashing out in rage. Im talking about a calculated, untraceable, counter attack wherein the perpetrator would have an alibi so as to unable to prosectute for anything.
        Imagine that in my case that I mentioned. Had I actually gone through with what I said I would. Do you actually believe that my X would have been believed had she told the police that I planted the drugs on her?
        Officer, officer. It was my X husband. He planted that coke on me to get custody of my son.
        Even if the police wanted to believe her. Their hands would be tied. And there is a MANDATORY minimum on felony posession.

    • Poester99

      If you can be convicted with no real evidence on an accusation of violence by a prosecutor that hates you because of your sex, or orientation or race how much leverage do you think you really have?

      • PeryMason

        Paying a judge a “personal” visit can go a long way to getting a wrongfull persecution off your back.
        But as I have said before. Make sure that it cannot be proven that it was you and have an alibi.

  • keyster

    I’ve written to the producers of 60 Minutes several times requesting that they investigate what’s going on in Ellsworth, laying out some of the details of the Filler case. You’d think this would be a perfect story for them, but alas they’ve gone feminist since Hewitt died.

  • cooterbee

    He strolled into their clutches — already done — I think a bad idea but Done…

    Now, how do we keep him alive for 3 weeks? Media attention this, ACLU that and Amnesty something else doesn’t make his skull bullet proof. Even if you could get a positive response from these groups, they wouldn’t be in time to stop him being shot “trying to escape” or “placing a correctional officer in grave personal danger”. I’m sure they already have a press release drafted that puts Filler’s murder “under internal investigation.”

    So, what now?

    • Greyfeld

      The position Filler is in is pretty horrible, but I think we should avoid wearing our tinfoil hats, if at all possible.

  • TPH

    Mr. Fillers rights under the 6th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America have been egregiously violated by Judge Robert E, Murray. This is really, really serious shit. Denying counsel to a defendant just pisses on the Constitution of the United States of America. Maine is not in the people republic of China even though the Judges and Prosecutors seem to act as if Maine is part of mainland China.

    This blatant act of violating the Constitution of The United States of America cannot go unchallenged.

    This is a slippery slope moment for American citizens everywhere.

    I’m past being angry and enraged. I am moved to action. I have contacted my states elected representatives and am requesting the Federal Department of Justice intervene to address this blatant violation of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Letter writing won’t do a damn thing this time. We need to get the Federal Department of Justice involved and hold Maine’s elected representative’s collective feet to the fire. We have to get the media involved somehow.

    As I stated in my post earlier: This situation is really, really, really serious in it’s implications to all American citizens and to anyone accused of a crime, even a fucking parking ticket!

    Guys and Gals of the MRM, we have to let Maine and it’s elected officials know that we have our eyes on this situation and as American citizens, we will not tolerate such a blatant violation of the Constitution of the United States of America.

    I am doing my part. As an American citizen, I am asking that you stand and be counted in this situation.

    Rabbit holes and the Twilight Zone be damned, We are seeing George Orwell’s dis-utopian society coming to life.

    Here is the Judge’s contact information:

    Judge Robert E. Murray
    Hancock County Superior Court
    Ellsworth, ME
    Clerk: Terry Harding
    207-667-7176

    • Darryl X

      “Maine is not in the people republic of China even though the Judges and Prosecutors seem to act as if Maine is part of mainland China.”

      Actually, since China imprisons fewer men per capita than the US, it would likely be better if Maine were a province of China.

      • Darryl X

        Hell, if our economy keeps going the way it is, it might just be.

  • harrywoodape

    I know that jail is a terrible place and I know of the US zeal for putting people there. However, in an unjust society with unjust laws …the place for an honest man is in jail. I am not at all saying that it is a trivial matter that Filler is in jail. It’s fucking bullshit as far as I am concerned. But that’s why it is all the more honourable for him to stand up to the crooked court system for his children. When his children want to know what their father did to try to protect them hopefully Mr. Filler can tell them that he stayed against a corrupt system and he fought that system. He isn’t alone. It means something. You know sometimes there are just bigger things in life than ones own well being. I appreciate his suffering and his life means something. If there were more Mr. Filler’s in the world and more Mr. Kirk’s they would have a harder time getting away with the shit that they do. These men are fighting for their children, paying a hell of a price for it but goddamn they deserve nothing but 100 percent support. I understand that it may not seem in their best interests to stay and it may change very little but I may eventually be in a similar situation soon enough and I hope I can make the same choice. A system that doesnt let a good man have a relationship with his child isn’t one that I will tolerate. It is a personal choice, I guess.

    • Poester99

      What sort of life can you give your children as an ex-con?Having a record in the US will ruin the rest of your life.

      • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

        Fortunately in this case, It’s a misdemeanor.

  • Turbo

    I agree with JTO, you do not find this level of absurdity in a comic book. This is utterly disgusting.

    Surely refusing to recognize his legal council, without explanation is illegal. It is certainly morally corrupt.

    Does this now mean he will not be heard in Kellett’s disbarment hearing, or will he be taken to court in jail clothes and in shackles?

    My wishes for Mr Filler to stay safe.

  • OneHundredPercentCotton

    Letters, letters, letters.

    Write, write every single day. Not just the Judge, but find out where to send Mr. Filler’s letter’s.

    They pay attention to that stuff.

    Dozens of people wrote my son while he was in juvenile detention. The Judge sentenced him to 30 days “and NOT one day less”, but he was released inexplicably after three weeks, carrying a shoe box full of letters home.

    Our attorney thought the flood of mail he got had something to do with it, however the first week there he WAS beaten up and put in solitary confinement, and they refused to put his broken wrist in a cast for two weeks until I called the Judge and demanded it.

    Write, write, write. Yes, even our overseas friends, please drop a letter to Mr. Filler.

    • Darryl X

      What’s the address?

      • OneHundredPercentCotton

        I;m seeking that right now. Have called and left a msg. They said I could not speak to the Judge directly.

  • OneHundredPercentCotton

    OK, I just checked the website “Mugshots”.

    No mugshot of Vladek Filler to be found.

  • Kris

    What a disgusting display of power and arrogance. This is not a men’s issue anymore. This is an issue of constitutional protection against tyranny and corruption. Calling Robert E. Murray a judge is a disgrace.

    • Darryl X

      All mens issues are Constitutional issues and all Constitutional issues are mens issues. There is no distinction. This issue just happens to be one of many and countless in our post-feminist dystopian fascist police state which affects almost exclusively men. Without men, real men, you don’t have any Constitution. Feminists and women have thrown it away.

  • Falland

    Maybe the SPLC will get involved. Aren’t they a civil rights organization that is involved with men’s rights?

    • http://shiningpearlsofsomething.blogspot.com Suz

      Shall we spam them, just to see?

  • Ben

    It might sound conspiratorial, but I honestly think that it is just a matter of time before this shit is enshrined into law — suspension of all legal rights for all men accused of any crime against any woman.

    No right to a trial for a man accused by a woman.

    No limit on jail sentences of a man accused by a woman.

    No notification of the accused man’s family as for what happened to him.

    This will all be in the name of “protecting women” and punishing the “bad men”. If Americans are willing — even eager — to give up their own rights in the name of “homeland security” against boogymen running amuck, then Americans will certainly be willing to suspend habius corpus on men in the name of protecting the golden calf of the modern west — the holy female.

    • http://www.shrink4men.com/ Dr. Tara J. Palmatier

      Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.

      • harrywoodape

        Well said Dr. T

      • Aimee McGee

        Tasty…shall we make some sammichs

        • http://www.shrink4men.com/ Dr. Tara J. Palmatier

          Yes, with caramelized onions, bacon and horseradish cheddar cheese on a lightly toasted brioche bun, please, washed down with a pint of Old Speckled Red Hen. No sense leaving the birds out of it as long as we’re going to be noshing on sacred cow.

          • Theseus

            Mmmmm mmm “horseradish cheddar cheese”! Someone’s a foodie. I can smell those sacred cow burgers now!

      • Tim Legere

        Reminds me of an episode from “Married with Children”.

        Al’s Mother-In-Law’s ashes are inadvertently used on his barbeque. After learning this, Al smiles, and takes a rather large and satisfying bite of a freshly cooked burger. Later, in his favorite room in the house (the one he always enters with a folded newspaper) Al manages to put the whole incident … behind him.

  • operationoptout

    Tough decision. The time you do starts when you go in. The time your gonna do starts long before. A 21 day is going to be done in county jail. What that means is the judge, like it or not can greatly influence that time. I don’t know what my decision would be but I do know this, Filler would have my support either way. Calling out a completely corrupt and unjust legal system, as corrupt DA and a shit bag judge will follow with consequences. I signed the petition and will be donating in the next few days. Heart felt prayers are with this warrior.

    • harrywoodape

      Filler would have my support either way too. I wouldn’t ever judge him…he’s been through enough. But I think staying in jail rather than leaving makes more sense because if we really try to turn the light on for him and support him while he is in jail it puts the pressure on them. You have to have a bit of faith that there is the odd real human being somewhere in that system and you just never know…shit can start to change. The man’s kids probably would like to see their dad. I’m prayin for em and I ain’t religious.

  • Skeptic

    For the life of me I don’t know why this cabal of misandric shitheads isn’t being sued for criminal malpractice with intent to cause harm.
    Please someone tell me that’s happening as the evidence to back such a claim seems incontrovertible.

  • TigerMan

    If the sexes were reversed I’m sure this case would be all over the MSM . That said why is it so many of my own sex are still so blind to the blatant double standards and/or so uncaring towards other men??
    I am genuinely puzzled by this.
    Anyway for what it’s worth I tweeted the article plus made it the headline in my daily paper.li online newspaper. I shall make it the headline for the rest of the weekend too. The url for the edition is http://paper.li/LenFirewood/1337603383#

    • Theseus

      A big part of the problem has to do with awareness. It’s been said many times here that a lot of men aren’t even aware there is a huge problem. Sure there are “pockets” of awareness – like when some of our buddies grumble about “double standards” with their old lady, or when they hear some feminist dip shit on TV – however, those moments are too few and far between.

      A lot of it has to do with: (1) The status-quo being institutionalized and acclimated in society for so long, that it’s just accepted unquestioningly; a lot of men just don’t think about it. (2) Men aren’t supposed to complain about their problems. We’re supposed to “man up” and keep our mouths shut.

      • harrywoodape

        I like your comment. I think there are many layers to remove to actually get men and women to the point where they are willing to look at their own beliefs and take any action to help change a system that they grew up in. For many people, they only think it’s legitimate and credible if it’s a story in their morning newspaper or on the television. It is only those of us who have experienced things like this first hand that also have bothered to connect with others to see if their experiences were similar that can move on to the next level.
        I think it is never a bad move to express the truth about one’s experience. If you are truly being honest and speaking from the heart, it’s worth expressing. If it’s a broad truth then others will or have probably experienced the same thing and can relate. If enough people can relate then it begins to grow and the act of expressing has influence on others. We are all human beings with limited life spans trying to understand what is going in and what our lives are about and what’s important. When you tell someone you have an experience that is different from what they believe is the norm…you aren’t just challenging their beliefs, you are also challenging the norm. You are challenging things like if their news is telling them the truth. When you tell them that your experience is that the family las system is corrupt and dishonest and a dirty scam that hurts families deliberately and systematically based on your own experience…they may not believe it…but they probably won’t look at that system the same as they used to. They may open their eyes.

  • wondering woman

    The corruption and complete misuse of power by those in the legal system is destroying our nation one family at a time. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Filler and with other men who endure separation from their children because of injustice on the part of a once great and fair court system that recognized justice for all and didn’t reward crazy women and megalomaniacs.

  • OneHundredPercentCotton

    Maine supreme court sees troubling number of prosecutorial misconduct allegations

    By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
    Last modified June 19, 2012, at 9:28 a.m.

    BANGOR, Maine — Oral arguments before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in a domestic violence case out of Hancock County took an odd turn last week when a Down East prosecutor told justices that too many appeals in criminal cases accused prosecutors of misconduct.

    More than one justice Thursday told Paul Cavanaugh, first assistant district attorney for Hancock County, that when they see a problem, they point it out in their opinions.

    “I don’t know the number of criminal convictions that are under appeal, but my guess is that 90 percent have an allegation of prosecutorial misconduct,” Cavanaugh said. “It is a troubling trend. Either there’s a problem and we need to address it, or there isn’t and you need to address that, too.”

    Cavanaugh brought up the subject of prosecutorial misconduct during oral arguments in the appeal of Vladek Filler, 42, of Atlanta from a conviction for a misdemeanor assault involving his former wife when the couple lived in Gouldsboro. It was the second time the state’s high court had heard an appeal in the case. The first time, justices upheld the trial judge’s decision to grant Filler a new trial based on statements made by Cavanaugh’s colleague, Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, during closing arguments.

    “Let me suggest to you that the truth of [whether prosecutorial misconduct has occurred or not] is deducible from the record,” Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said last week. “State prosecutors and judges have high ethical duties and we do see a lot of claims of prosecutorial misconduct, but to a certain extent, it is the nature of the beast.”

    Justice Ellen Gorman said the court was doing as Cavanaugh suggested.

    “When we do see it, we deal with it,” she said. “When we don’t see misconduct, we don’t point it out.”

    Justice Donald Alexander told Cavanaugh he seemed to be too sensitive to the issue.

    “Maybe you ought to grow a thicker skin,” the justice said.

  • Kris