It’s unfortunate that in Massachusetts, justice is only attainable by those with money, regardless of the atrocities committed.
In a criminal case, there’s no way to expose the depths of illicit police activity until the trial is over. For instance, it’s impossible to anticipate what lies, contradictions, or inconsistencies a detective will convey on the witness stand until his or her testimony is actually given. There’s no way to know the degree to which fabricated evidence will be falsely portrayed to jurors until the charade plays out in court. Privately hired forensic experts cannot officially prove that a defendant’s illegally-seized property was surreptitiously tampered with by police until they gain possession . . . again, after trial. So by the time a defendant is afforded opportunity to publicly expose police corruption, it’s too late, they’re already convicted.
In most states, when evidence of illegal police activity is overwhelming and irrefutable, such post trial information can be forwarded to a judge who will in turn grant a retrial. But I was convicted in Massachusetts, a state that’s proven to be as conducive to proper laws and procedures as the planet Mars has proven capable of sustaining human life.
Massachusetts has an insane law that states: The judge who presides over a superior court trial is the same judge who makes subsequent rulings as to whether the defendant is granted a retrial. But what judge is going to willfully open themselves up to potential scrutiny, should a subsequent trial reveal judicial improprieties, mistakes, or blatant oversight? Your typical Massachusetts judge couldn’t care less about publicly exposing a corrupt law enforcement entity, if doing so could in any way negatively shine a spotlight on the bench. Screw the poor defendant whose life was irreversibly ruined by corrupt police personnel and then covered up by their superiors. Your typical Massachusetts judge is only concerned with one thing, self-preservation.
This leaves one option: A civil suit. A way to circumvent the Massachusetts court system. A method of exposing the illegal behavior perpetrated by Massachusetts police everyday. In my particular case, I don’t care about money, all I want is for the Pittsfield Massachusetts Police Department to be held responsible for their illegal, immoral, and unethical actions. But no civil action attorney will give me the time of day without first receiving a check for at least $50,000.
Justice . . . has a price!