Waldoboro attorney arrested for violating condition of release

Accused is serving as defense lawyer in Belfast murder case
By Juliette Laaka | Dec 05, 2013

Waldoboro — A Waldoboro attorney was arrested Dec. 4 by police for violating conditions of release, according to Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Lambombarde.

Philip Cohen, 44, was arrested Nov. 16 and charged with a single count of domestic violence assault. He was apprehended a second time for having contact with the alleged victim, said Lambombarde.

The police chief said Androscoggin County is handling the prosecution of the case due to Cohen's professional affiliation with Lincoln County.

Lambombarde said he believes Cohen will be arraigned Dec. 5 or Dec. 6. Cohen was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He was released Dec. 6 on $500 cash bail.

Cohen is currently listed as the defense attorney for 44-year-old Todd Gilday of Belfast, who is charged with intentional or knowing murder, attempted murder with a firearm and elevated aggravated assault with a firearm. Gilday is accused of fatally shooting 55-year-old Lynn Arsenault and seriously wounding Arsenault's son, 22-year-old Mathew Day, at a Waldo Avenue residence in Belfast on the night of Aug. 28.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Dec 08, 2013 10:15

Where did it say in the article that Mr. Cohen beat his wife?  Maybe it was a girlfriend or, who knows, maybe is was his boyfriend.  After all there are all kinds of domestic violence. Whatever the circumstances it is a sad situation that I hope will be resolved soon.

Posted by: Kathleen D Daley | Dec 08, 2013 09:43

When a person commits an act of violence towards another person not a relative such as in a mugging or the lobster trap wars, no one objects to the news reporting it. However when a man beats his wife, folks rally to his defense and feel sorry for him that it is public news.  Why is that? Is there still the attitude that women are the property of their husbands who may do with them as they wish, or the belief, "well she must have deserved it"?! When pets are beaten there is a public uproar. Pets are property. If a man can abuse his wife, then why not a pet?!

Posted by: Amanda Parten | Dec 07, 2013 13:48

I completely agree with Allison. Yes, a wife may be spiteful or vindictive, but that isn't really the issue at this time. It is called "domestic violence" for a reason and the court will have to determine the facts in this case. With that being said, why should Mr. Cohen be exempt than any other person who has been found not guilty or guilty within the district court?

Posted by: russell g york | Dec 07, 2013 10:53

way to go gloria you said it very clear who is to know what has gone on this just could be hear say from his wife wanting to hurt her husbands life time will tell

Posted by: Logan N Aiken | Dec 06, 2013 22:34

Agee 100% Gloria!

Posted by: Allison Moody | Dec 06, 2013 10:32

I think this is a special circumstance.  An Attorney must be held to a higher standard and they are according to the Maine Bar Rules. Criminal behavior is never acceptable and most certainly unacceptable for officers of the Court.

Posted by: GLORIA l. BAGLEY | Dec 06, 2013 08:33

I think it's so sad that it has to be made public information when people get arrested. Whose business is it, unless the person is a danger to the public?Why do they have to be shamed and humiliated in the eyes of the world ? When people are going through difficult times, why can't it be private? You may not agree with me but if it happened in your immediate family you would. I don't know Phil Cohen but I feel sad for the family and I will pray for them.

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