January 21, 2013

No plea deal for Kennebunk prostitution case defendant

And in a 'bittersweet' ruling, Daniel Lilley loses his bid to withdraw as Mark Strong's defense attorney. The trial starts Tuesday.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Mark Strong Sr. leaves Cumberland County Courthouse following a hearing on a motion by his defense attorney, Dan Lilley, on Friday afternoon.

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Defense attorney Dan Lilley and his client, Mark Strong, speak to the media outside of Cumberland County Court following a hearing on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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The courtroom in Alfred has a capacity of 110 people and Mills said in an order regarding media coverage of the trial that "during jury selection, when the courtroom is filled with prospective jurors, there is little, if any, room for the public or media."

During the trial, 20 courtroom seats will be reserved for the media, 60 for the public and 10 each for the prosecution, defense and for the court's use.

McGettigan has filed a witness list for the prosecution with 57 names, including many police officers, bank and cell phone representatives, computer experts, Kennebunk locals and 18 men who have already pleaded guilty or been found guilty of the misdemeanor crime of engaging a prostitute in connection with the case.

The 18 men are among 66 people who have been charged so far with engaging Wright for prostitution.

Attorney Stephen Schwartz of the Portland firm Schwartz & Schwartz, represented three of the men who pleaded guilty and represents another eight who still have a pending charge against them.

"The decision whether to plead guilty is a highly personal decision in a case of tremendous notoriety," Schwartz said. "Every one of these clients who did so made a decision with their eyes wide open."

Schwartz said he made it clear that the men could potentially be called as witnesses if they pleaded guilty, since they would lose their Fifth Amendment right not to testify on grounds they might incriminate themselves.

All his clients who pleaded guilty did so with "full knowledge of all of the collateral damage," he said.

"It's really between them and their families," Schwartz said. "Nobody is second-guessing their decision."

Portland attorney Gary Prolman represents 11 men accused in the case, some of whom have pleaded guilty.

"For some people a guilty plea works, and for others it doesn't," Prolman said. "I think it should be known that we fully apprised our clients. We didn't go into this thoughtlessly."

Prolman said McGettigan made it clear in plea negotiations with his clients that there was a possibility she might call to the stand those who pleaded guilty.

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Mark Strong Sr., right, and his attorney, Dan Lilley, leave the Cumberland County Courthouse. Lilley's motion to withdraw from the case was denied on Friday.

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