Linda Dolloff Trial – Portland

There’s an old saying that goes “things are not always as they appear”. This is especially true with crime. Sometimes a crime is not always as it appears. Sometimes a story hits the headlines that ends in a completely different way than it began.

Such is the case with the Linda Dolloff trial, which took place in Portland. What started out as a reported home invasion that resulted in the beating of a man and the shooting of his wife has taken a change in direction. Now, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the crime were the actions of one of the alleged victims.

On April 12, 2009, police received a report of a home invasion involving a husband who was beaten while he slept and his wife being shot. But during the investigation, police uncovered clues which led them to believe that the crime might have been due to the actions of the wife, yoga instructor Linda Dolloff. Although Dolloff stuck to her story, police didn’t buy it.

Subsequently, Dolloff was charged with attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and filing of a false police report. Police allege that Dolloff beat her husband in the head with a baseball bat while he was sleeping, almost killing him and leaving him severely injured for life. They say that she then shot herself in the hip, after which she called 911 to report the crime, alleging that the attack was the result of a home invasion.

The couple were in the midst of a divorce at the time of the crime.

Dolloff was convicted on the charges and is currently serving a 16-year sentence. Her attorneys have since appealed, alleging that she was denied a fair trial. They list a number of violations of her rights, including personal attacks against one of Dolloff’s attorneys, Daniel Lilley. Dolloff’s appeal also states that personal opinion, and not actual evidence, were the basis of the case brought by Cumberland Court District Attorney Stephanie Anderson.

Even the credibility of the family dog was included as a potential “witness”. On the tape of the 9-1-1 call, the Dolloff’s dog can be heard whimpering in the background. Prosecutors’ speculate that the sound was being made by an animal distraught over what one owner had done to the other. The defense claims that it was the sound of sympathy over the home invasion and attacks.

If you, or someone you love, has been a victim of the savage, violent acts of another person, it is up to you to seek the compensation that you deserve. When your life has been altered or the quality diminished at the hands of someone else, you should not have to suffer needlessly or face mounting medical costs. Just as the law is designed to protect the innocent, attorneys are there to enforce it.

When an individual is responsible for changing the outlook of your life, they should be held responsible for their actions An attorney can help you get what you deserve so that you can adequately put your life back together.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to provide general, not specific, information about Maine law. The publication of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between the author(s) and the reader(s).

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