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12/5/2013 11:56:00 AM
Waldoboro Lawyer Arrested a Second Time
Philip Cohen
Philip Cohen
By Dominik Lobkowicz

Updated at 2:17 p.m. Dec. 5.

A well-known Waldoboro lawyer was arrested the evening of Dec. 4 for alleged violations of bail conditions, according to Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde.

Philip Cohen, 44, of Waldoboro, was originally arrested for alleged domestic violence assault on Nov. 15 at his home on Washington Road.

He was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he was immediately released after posting $1000 unsecured bail, jail personnel said at the time.

On Dec. 4, Waldoboro Police arrested Cohen at around 8:15 p.m. for allegedly violating a bail condition that prohibited Cohen from having direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim, according to Labombarde.

As of the morning of Dec. 5, Cohen was being held at Two Bridges without bail, according to jail personnel.

Cohen's case is being handled by Androscoggin County due to potential conflicts of interest, personnel in the Lincoln County district attorney's office said previously.

Andrew Matulis, an assistant district attorney in Androscoggin County, confirmed Dec. 5 he is handling the Cohen case, but when asked about any upcoming court dates for Cohen said his office's policy was not to comment in any way on pending cases.

No information on an upcoming court date for Cohen was available, according to court personnel in both the Lincoln County courts and Lewiston District Court.

Cohen's lawyer, Walt McKee, of McKee Billings in Augusta, said he expected Cohen to be arraigned from the jail via video at around 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

"We will definitely be entering a not guilty plea and I expect he will be released on bail," McKee said.

(Ed. note: this story was updated to add comments from Walt McKee.)

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