May 22, 2015

Lowell, Massachusetts Court Clerk Arrested for Domestic Violence

Lowell District Court Clerk of Courts William Lisano is facing domestic-assault charges after his wife called Burlington police

[From article]
William Lisano is one of the better known clerk magistrates in Middlesex County. He was charged with domestic assault Sunday night, accused of pushing, slapping and menacing his terrified wife with a lamp.
Lisano, clerk magistrate of Lowell District Court for over two decades, was quietly arraigned yesterday in Woburn District Court.
That’s newsworthy.
Yet there wasn’t a single member of the media in the courtroom.
[. . .]
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan pledged to be keenly focused on domestic violence. But her office failed to alert the press to this unusual domestic violence arraignment of a court official, where his bail was set at $500.
[. . .]
Lisano’s wife told the cops he’d been abusing her for more than 20 years and he told her no one would ever believe her because he had “the power.”
When officers arrived, they said she was “trembling with fear.” She said Lisano, 74, kept telling her to move out. She told the cops Lisano swore at her, pushed her, slapped her arm and raised a lamp over his head. Lisano, who the cops described as “about three times the size” of his wife, told her it would ruin his career if she called 911.
But she did.
“He has told me he would ‘kill me,’” she wrote when applying for a restraining order.
[. . .]
Allegations surfaced back in 1993 when Lisano was nominated by then-Gov. William Weld. Lisano’s wife had filed for divorce three times and claimed her husband had beaten her. But she recanted.
David Meier, Lisano’s attorney, said, “The charges filed today have absolutely nothing to do with his official duties.

Heslam: Hush-hush domestic violence case betrays DA’s Remy vow
Thursday, February 12, 2015
By: Jessica Heslam
Boston Herald

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Top Lowell court official arrested on domestic assault charges
By Lisa Redmond, lredmond (at)
UPDATED: 02/11/2015 03:27:39 PM EST

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