When her ex-husband was sentenced to 13 years in prison for kidnapping and raping her at knife-point, a Connecticut woman named “Isabelle” thought she was finally beyond the reach of the man who had threatened to kill her if she did not return to him. Yet Allen Adgers is using the court system to haul Isabelle into court to answer a raft of civil lawsuits he has filed against her. Adgers, 41, is a jailhouse lawyer who has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against judges, wardens, a probate judge, the former governor, Connecticut Public Television and, Isabelle.
Attorney James F. Papillo, the state’s chief victim advocate, sees the need for more legislation to protect victims. “She’s been brutalized by this individual, and the system is allowing him to brutalize her in another way,” Papillo said. “We’ve gotten legislation to protect victims from civil lawsuits during the pendency of a [criminal] prosecution,” he said. “We need to go beyond that to protect victims like [Isabelle], where someone is using the system to harass her and torment her.” Yesterday was the first day of hearings in Adgers’ habeas corpus petition, in which he subpoenaed Isabelle to testify. “This is merely his attempt to re-victimize the victim,” said prosecutor Angela Macchiarulo.