NCFM Heroes, Vladek Filler and Tatyana Roberts, extraordinary people
May 24, 2015
vladek fillerHeroes are hard to find. Vladek Filler and his sister Tatyana are two of them. They believe, that here, in the United States of America, the word “justice” means something, and they risked everything to prove it. Their epic journey also shows “innocent until proven guilty “is a sham.
Roughly, eight years ago, Ligia Filler, Vladek’s unhinged mother of their two children, feared losing custody of their children. To gain advantage in their divorce case, she began making unsupported allegations of child abuse, sexual molestation, even spousal rape.
Nevertheless, there were sustainable reports Ligia abused the children, threatened to harm Vladek, and even threatened to murder police officers. One incident report revealed, “Ms. Filler chanted about ‘cutting up’ the defendant [Vladek] while laughing and crying hysterically, swearing and kicking a door.”
Child welfare workers conducted and extensive investigation. Accordingly, not only did Vladek gain custody of their two sons, they were allowed to move to Atlanta where all three now live. The family court judge said,
“[Ligia Filler] accused Mr. Filler of molesting the children. That allegation was false and known to be false. She has shown a capacity to manufacture claims…”
Hancock County Assistant District Mary Kellett knew of Ligia’s disreputable reputation, Vladek gaining custody of the children, and even the Family Court Judge’s finding that Ligia lied and made false claims. Yet Kellett, seemingly obsessed with Vladek’s’ downfall, mercilessly pursued him.
Since then, and through several trials, Kellett suppressed evidence that supported Vladek’s claims, and misrepresented and fabricated information against him. In one trial, Kellett convinced the court to disallow Vladek an opportunity to discredit Ligia or introduce information about their contentious divorce, key aspects of Vladek’s defense. Kellett then told the uninformed jury there was no evidence to prove a contentious divorce existed! She, like Ligia, blatantly lied. Everyone involved knew it except the jurors, including the judge and Vladek’s flabbergasted attorney who immediately moved for a mistrial.
Moreover, “During her initial closing argument, ADA Kellett told the jury, ‘there has been no evidence presented to you as the jury that would suggest that a sexual act hadn’t occurred…’” In the absence of evidence, Kellett attempted to shift the burden of proof to Vladek. Such behavior and disregard for evidence, law, constitutional protections and fundamental fairness, stem from a societal shift from rights of the accused to victim rights; plus, feminist judicial re-engineering, which promotes the idea that allegations by women trump factual evidence to the contrary.
Except, Vladek and Tatyana forgot to give up…
Kellett was but one of four female attorneys wielding feminist jurisprudence like a bloody man-hating sword, who in concert perverted Vladek’s innocence and the evenhanded administration of law, including a Maine Supreme Court Justice.
Vladek, Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAFE) and the National Coalition for Men (NCFM) filed complaints against Kellett with the State Board of Overseers. A Voice For Men and other groups later joined the fight to free Vladek and jail Kellett.
The Board of Overseers found Kellett responsible for gross misconduct and recommended suspension from the practice of law. Trial was by Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ellen Gorman. The Maine Attorney General’s Office under Attorney General Janet Mills (Co-founder of Maine’s Women’s Lobby) represented Kellett. The Assistant Attorney General representing Kellett and Counsel for the Bar agreed that Kellett would admit to violating bar rules thereby negating a full-blown public hearing.
Kellett apologized, “I want to acknowledge that I made errors in the prosecution of the Filler case. I regret the harm that my errors caused.” Justice Gorman suspended her for 30 days, and then suspended the suspension.
Inexplicably, absent any explanation, Justice Gorman found that Kellett “did not intentionally attempt to violate Bar Rules or Vladek’s rights.” Yet, Justice Gorman’s findings clearly show an opposite fact pattern. Kellett’s “mistakes” had to be deliberate. Either that, or ten-year prosecutor Kellett was incompetent and married to idea that all woman alleging sexual assault, no matter how crazy and unreliable, are the victim, even if it means sending innocent men, the true victims, to prison. It appears Justice Gorman gave Kellett another get out of jail free card to help protect her Bar card; and, perhaps, to shut the lid on an overflow of judicial dirty laundry. (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pf0nZRn3B8)
That same video reports an involved attorney saying, “it’s the first mistake she’s [Kellett] made in a career prosecuting more than 10,000 criminal cases. The same, or another attorney, which is not clear, said, “[D]uring the ten-plus years that she’s worked as a prosecutor she’s been a faithful and dedicated public servant.” Nonetheless, a random sampling of Kellett’s 10,000 cases will show more “mistakes” [sic]. In fact, enough reason exists to believe such mistakes may show a pattern of inexcusable prosecutorial misconduct resulting in wrongful convictions and the destruction of more innocent men. If making such “mistakes” is what makes a faithful and dedicated public servant, we need a serious rewrite of the job description…
Throughout Vladek’s persecution, District Attorney Carletta M. Bassano, did nothing to prevent Kellett’s pummeling of Vladek, in fact, she had to have insisted on it. Vladek’s ordeal revealed Bassano’s office swept up a dozen of so other men whose situations were similar to Vladek’s, which could only happen under the watchful eyes of boss Bassano. Even after Kellett’s suspended suspension, Bassano’s office continued Vladek’s persecution eking out a misdemeanor conviction.
Vladek appealed. Superior Court Justice Robert Murray, also the presiding judge at Filler’s second trial, vacated the conviction thereby clearing Vladek of all charges, including those he suffered before the misdemeanor conviction. Consequently, Vladek has no criminal record, as it was before Kellett and Bassano.
He won! Vladek caused the first trial of a corrupt Assistant District Attorney in Maine and took feminist jurisprudence to the woodshed for some serious schooling. He even brought down DA Bassano who chose not to run for reelection. Vladek successfully used the law to reveal the truth, serve up justice and change how a criminal justice system did business. Incredible.
To our knowledge, Kellett never missed a day’s pay from the day the Board of Overseers recommended suspension to the day Justice Gorman mocked her own court by suspending Kellett’s suspension. Kellett went unpunished and is reportedly now in private practice.
Year after year local media stories painted Vladek a serial abusing monster. Even video tapes of Vladek’s ex-wife raging at police and making murder threats did not cause the press to question the validity of her allegations, one irrational episode after another made good press, but bad reporting.
On May 15, 2015, Bill Trotter, Reporter for the Bangor Daily News, wrote a summary article, “Assault conviction vacated for former Maine man acquitted of raping wife.” Instead, why not something like, “Vladek Filler free after Hancock District Attorney’s office ten-year campaign of horrific persecution over false accusation of deranged wife;” which puts the guilt where it belongs, on the prosecutor and false accuser. Unfortunately, the press pretty much parrots the all-men-bad and all-women-good ideological drivel, which was glaringly obvious during Vladek’s persecution, and implied in Trotter’s title above, “man acquitted of raping…”
Trotter wrote, “But his legal battles are not over. Filler, 45, is suing more than a dozen people in federal court over the matter, most of whom are prosecutors or police officers who were directly or indirectly involved in the criminal case against him.” It will be hard for Trotter and other reporters not to report on those cases, except perhaps if they favor Vladek.
Vladek’s epic journey is no less arduous than the millions of immigrants who risk life and limb coming to America for freedom, opportunity, and above all perhaps, justice. His story is the story of determination, a commitment — a demand — that prosecutorial tyranny, surrender to the honest administration of the criminal justice process and fundamental constitutional protections.
Elitist feminist driven judicial tyranny intentionally destroys tens of thousands of American males every year, most of whom lack the strength, support, resources, and determination to survive the system. Gaining significant control of the judicial system was a huge victory for elitist feminism and a tragic loss for humankind.
Vladek and Tatyana rose above it, battered, bruised, and victorious, true heroes they will forever stand. Unfortunately, their saga firmly establishes guilty until proven innocent applies. Kellett, Ligia and maybe even Bassano belong in prison, and might be if they had penises. We trust Vladek’s federal lawsuit will be the ruination of the true bad actors.
NCFM played a small part in this saga, through which, I became privileged to befriend some of the best people on the planet.
As did the Men's Rights Blog. We too have been on this since beginning and we've seen a lot of courage from Vladek Filler and Tatyana Roberts endured a hell that lasted for years. The prosecutors office is a powerful one. One that must be used only for genuine criminal cases. When it is perverted for political or personal gain it is a tool of persecution and oppression. Kellet escapes justice but perhaps poetic justice will visit Kellet real soon. Vladek Filler has demonstrated that you don't have to sit back and accept oppression. That you can fight back and for that we congratulated him.