UPDATE 8/12: DA Drops Domestic Abuse Charges Against J. Dwight

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UPDATE 8/12: DA Drops Domestic Abuse Charges Against J. Dwight

The update is available here.

Please see the posts on this thread from Adrienne Dwight and Flammenwerfer, explaining the real details of the incident.
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Political adviser from Wilton charged with domestic violence
By Steve Mistler, Staff Writer
Jul 19, 2011 12:09 pm

WILTON — A well-known local Republican activist and investment counselor who is also a member of Gov. Paul LePage's Economic Forecasting Commission... arrested Saturday on a charge of domestic assault.

..... Billian said there were no physical marks on Dwight's wife, but that officers determined there was probable cause for the arrest.
...snip

Dwight said Tuesday the incident was a "complete mistake" and that he expected to be "completely exonerated."

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/state/story/1061932]Source[/url]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Contact: Adam Fisher (207) 215-0701

Statement of Governor Paul LePage on the Arrest of Lawrence Dwight, Jr.

Governor Paul LePage issued the following statement today in response to the weekend arrest of Lawrence Dwight, Jr, a member of the Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission.

“I expect Mr. Dwight will voluntarily step down from his position while the legal issues regarding his recent arrest are pending. Domestic violence is a serious crime with far reaching consequences. I don’t want these allegations to interfere in any way with the important work of the Consensus Economic Forecasting Committee."

The Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission analyzes economic trends and assumptions and prepares economic forecasts for the Governor, Revenue Forecasting Committee, Legislative Council, and Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. Dwight’s position on the commission is appointed by the other four members of the board and his term began in May.

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from the article sourced

from the article sourced above:
responding officers said Dwight was intoxicated, and they arrested him on a charge of domestic assault. ... Billian said. ..Dwight said he didn't recall the 2010 incident.

I can think of only one reason why he "didn't recall" the alleged 2010 incident. See the first sentence above.

I'm glad to see the governor immediately asking for his resignation. No executive needs to have this type of person on his staff.

Bob S
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No executive needs to have

No executive needs to have this type of person on his staff.

And what type of person is he Chairman. Unless I missed something, he has not been found guilty of anything yet. Unless the laws have changed, he still get to have his day in court.

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Jeez, Bob S, read the story.

Jeez, Bob S, read the story. But if I have to spell it out for you he's one that that has let the ways of his personal life bleed over onto his seemingly short-lived public life causing a distraction for his boss.

Get it now?

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Chairman - the original quote

Chairman - the original quote I posted in comment #1 contains the 75 words that are allowed from any one copyrighted article, according to the AMG Fair Use policy. Your subsequent post put the quoted words way over the limit. For that reason, I have eliminated most of the text you quoted.

Also, I agree with Bob S. - unless and until judged guilty, L. Dwight is presumed innocent.

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Get it now? No I don't get

Get it now?

No I don't get it, and I read the story.

Dan Billings
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Mr. Dwight was never on the

Mr. Dwight was never on the Governor's staff. In fact, he was not appointed to the position he held by the Governor.

The Sun Journal has cleaned up their story.

Bruce Libby
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Chairman there seems to be a

Chairman there seems to be a difference between I fired him and "I expect him to step down while the legal issues are resolved " !! In government service is he a dead duck ,probably, but both barrels haven't been fired yet.
The gov.is covering the situation very well with an expectation that shows leadership and respect for the person also! Whether that person is entitled to that respect remains to be seen!!

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Dan - thank you for the

Dan - thank you for the clarification. It remains to be seen if the "real story" will also be relayed by other media sources; ones that clearly have a vested interest in "Let's Hate LePage, All the Time."

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So, is it L. Dwight, as in

So, is it L. Dwight, as in the source story, or J. Dwight as in the post title? I'm so confused!

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His wife has not publicly

His wife has not publicly made any efforts to support his claims. It's all about him as it stands now. We shall see what happens next, but the Governors stand on domestic violence is holding fast.

Naran
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For all the doubters out

For all the doubters out there - it should be noted that Governor LePage's quick and decisive reaction to this news story presents a stark contrast to the silence from Democratic leaders last year, when Rep. Flaherty was arrested after a drunken crash.

http://www.asmainegoes.com/content/democrat-legislator-busted-oui

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As far as his wife not

As far as his wife not supporting him yet, I wonder if she understands the far-reaching consequences of him being convicted of domestic assault? Not to mention who knows what his wife actually thinks beyond innuendo.

It is so nice to have neighbors who will stick their noses into others domestic affairs? tons of sarcasm.

I hope Mr Dwright gets the best attorney he can afford to overturn what appears to be a quarrel.

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I would need to see a lot

I would need to see a lot more details.

When I was in the Legislature I worked with a guy fighting to either get parental rights or stop paying child support. This was his documented story.

This poor guy whose wife called the police over to their house without his knowledge. Then when the police got their she told him his son was not his and that she had a boyfriend.

The police had no choice but to arrest him because they believed she was at risk. The quote form the police report sais, "I believe a reasonable man would have beaten her under these circumstances".

So the man was detained (arrested) and a TPO was granted.

So before we rush to judge based on an allegation, lets wait and get facts.

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Regardless of the political

Regardless of the political wrangling, I am sorry to hear this.

J is a smart guy who has made good and valuable study of many of the scams in the alternative energy world. He has added a lot to AMG.

If the charges are true, I sincerely hope that he finds the help he needs to resolve the underlying issues. If the charges are false, then I most certainly hope that justice is served - and that he is both reinstated to his position on the Governor's advisory panel, and that once again his thought-provoking insights into the alternative energy world will be welcomed, both here and elsewhere.

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Didn't know it was Amg's ID,

Didn't know it was Amg's ID, I welcome his insight right now on alternative energy, who cares if some flat foot decided to run him in, because "the neighbors complained" and he was "intoxicated" according to flat foot.

Some gutless neighbor sits in his house and calls in the samurai to meet out a perceived injustice, you know the gutless neighbor wouldn't have the cahones to cross his lawn and say is everything alright there, but a phone call to the goon squad just works wonders.

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Agreed, let's wait to see

Agreed, let's wait to see what happens.

I once had a cowardly neighbor call the police on me while I was mowing my lawn. The lawnmower quit and in getting it running again (thank you so much for E-10), I issued a few colorful adjectives at a tone other than normal speaking volume. I was mowing the lawn quietly when the police arrived, and they were concerned with a domestic abuse incident. Luckily I was the only one at home. I explained to them what had happened, and rather than leaving it at that, a policeman decided to reprimand me. I explained to him politely that while on my property, I will do as I like, thank you very much (I live in a rural area and there are no sound ordinances, but the ones downtown don't take effect until 9PM). There was nothing else he could say and left, irritated.

I have also had a bogus charge of domestic abuse brought on me during my amicable divorce. If my ex hadn't been there to refute the charges, I would have been hauled downtown. It was filed by her sister who used it effectively during her own divorce, so she decided it would 'help' with her sister's.

So let's wait until the facts come out on this one before rushing to judgement, things like this are tossed around with too much frequency.

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I returned home yesterday

I returned home yesterday afternoon to find two messages, the first from Adrienne, the second from J. As close friends they were both anxious to tell the story so that it would no come to me from the media. What they had to say separately from each other was not inconsistent. Adrienne supplied most of the details and it was clear that the "incident" was the product of a chain of errors.

J Dwight is not a drunk. I spent a whole week with the family on an island off the coast of Georgia a couple of years ago and he had only an occasional beer. I met with Adrienne and J for celebratory drinks from time to time, for lunch and dinner and even for several single-malt Scotch tastings with Al Diamon. He never went beyond the mellow stage.

Paul, of course, had to move on instant damage control since the Maine media has an unbreakable habit of blowing up every trifle in a huge crisis.

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I have to agree with those

I have to agree with those who say we need more information. The facts have yet to be seen. Innocent until proven guilty.

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Paul, of course, had to move

Paul, of course, had to move on instant damage control since the Maine media has an unbreakable habit of blowing up every trifle in a huge crisis.

Isn't that the truth!

Bruce Libby
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At some point a discussion

At some point a discussion needs to be had on this issue and how it has become a cause celeb and the processes involved in handling it!
This statement in no way infers that I condone the behaviors usually involved etc. etc..
I believe there is a reasonable chance that all the attention on the issue is not really leading to solutions.
If there is a solution it certainly appears that it has eluded us to date.

I can offer that w/ in the bureaucracy there is no better way to really mess up a career than getting involved w/ this issue whether proven or not. That goes to the expectations of emp[loym,ent etc. etc..which is for another discussion.

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One has to ask if the Sun

One has to ask if the Sun Journal would remove him as a contributor because of the allegations - is it ok to be a reporter/columnist but not serve on boards because of allegations?

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Flammen - thank you for the

Flammen - thank you for the update on your conversation with JDwight and his wife. I wish them all the best, and hope this is swiftly resolved.

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You don’t suppose this is

You don’t suppose this is political payback from the left? The non-profit grant grabbers, the public sector unions, and the alternative energy crowd have had their socialistic agenda exposed with laser accuracy by J.

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You don’t suppose this is

You don’t suppose this is political payback from the left? The non-profit grant grabbers, the public sector unions, and the alternative energy crowd have had their socialistic agenda exposed with laser accuracy by J.

I was wondering the same thing. if not, how long before it becomes a useful tool in their arsenal.

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You've both voiced the

You've both voiced the thought in the back of my mind. J has been very outspoken, and accurate, in his criticism of the industrial wind power scheme. His research both here and in Europe has produced some imformative commentary that can't be pleasing to some parties.

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Somehow, I don't think it was

Somehow, I don't think it was a wind-farm advocate or someone else with a "socialistic agenda" who "allegedly" got him drunk before he "allegedly" commit domestic violence.

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Ah-hem...his wife happens to

Ah-hem...his wife happens to be me. I have been reading all of the articles and commentary, and would like to add my two cents. It has been four full days, and until a little over an hour ago, no one has been interested in my perspective.

I gave an exclusive to a contributing member of AMG, and look forward to his treatment of the facts.

For those of you who have been concerned about whether or not I understand the 'far reaching' consequences of domestic violence, I can tell you that without any doubt, I do.

I will also say emphatically, that a reckless, politically motivated media dishes out its own version of abuse, and has no regard for the 'far-reaching' effect this has on my step children, not to mention me. My step kids have their futures waiting for them, along with this story that will be lurking on the internet for 'ever'...when they apply for jobs, when friends do Google searches...

This was an innocent, honest mistake. If you choose to give J the benefit of the doubt on a simple human being level, that would be a good thing. He deserves it.

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Adrienne: What a moving and

Adrienne:

What a moving and heartfelt piece! Your husband is a fortunate man. Thank you.

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I visited Adrienne this

I visited Adrienne this morning. She was not huddled in some corner sobbing over her sufferings. She was charging around on one of those high-tech, turbo-charged lawnmowers. Sure, she is a petite woman, but she's been a devout equestrienne since early youth. I suggest that a woman accustomed to climbing aboard large horses and galloping around is not a natural door mat.

The bare facts of the case.

1. There was an argument over matters affecting other members of the family.

2. Adrienne called [a relative] for her opinion.

3. Her [relative], calls back to see how the dispute was resolved. NO answer---the phone was re-charging.

4. Repeated calls and no answer (A did know they even been made until this morning).

5. Worried and in the dark, [relative] dials 911. She had no thought of J being led off to durance vile with gyves upon his wrists. She was simply desperate to know what was going on.

6. By the time the Wilton PD showed up the dispute had been resolved or shelved, and Lance the son had arrived. All were out by the pool; Lance and J enjoying cigars, A about to enjoy her first sip of rye whiskey of the day.

J's lawyer had forbidden him to speak. No one from any newspaper had spoken with A. The report in a couple of newspapers, that a neighbor alerted the police makes no sense if you know the location. An argument audible to their remote neighbors would have had to be conducted with megaphones.

Adrienne believes that Paul LePage is the real target of the front-page treatment. She is unwilling to be classified as a helpless victim, that is she is being treated as a mute bystander. She understand that the police face the CYA imperative, but believes that she has no rights as a presumed victim, for instance she found the police had the free run of her house. She suggest that house-holders should have their own "Miranda" declaration instructing them about the limits to the police authority in their homes.

Above all, she believes that the treatment of this "incident" has inflicted damage on her family and her husband's reputation from which no recovery is possible. "Domestic violence" leaves the impression of bruises, violent threats, broken bones, smashed crockery, trashed furniture and bloody noses. Throw in the word "intoxicated" and people begin to to see images of brutal Bill Sykes.in the Dickens story.

This will not register an argument with raised voices, a break-down in communications followed by a tranquil chit-chat wreathed in tobacco smoke. That just does not correspond to anyone's image of "domestic violence."

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