In Maine, It Doesn't Pay to be a Man
- From: "MCP" <gf010w5035@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:38:55 -0000
By Carey Roberts
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
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
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
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:
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
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.