Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seeking an Attorney in Massachusetts

I get a sense Amherst is going to draw a line in the sand over these records regarding Petrit Vasi's accident. My new appeal will probably roll on for another month or so before the town has to officially respond. Once that appeal is exhausted, I'd like to file suit to compel them to release these public records.

So... who's up for the challenge? Any readers out there pass the bar in Mass?


  1. James .. I think you win four times by taking this to the media: [1] I could easily see a local TV station doing a spot on your fight ... "a UMASS coed missing 12 years, one journalist's fight to get more information about her case, and the town of Amherst's baffling stonewalling of his efforts ... next W blah blah blah news at 5;" [2] this exposure will obviously help sales of your book; [3] this exposure might yield new info on the blog, including from someone who works in the town hall who knows something about why they don't want to release the records; and [4] if a network news station picks it up (see the WBZ case referenced in the town's reply), they might well file an amicus brief to help your case or even agree to support your attorney, because media outlets routinely invest in trying to influence this area of the law.

  2. Sorry, not at attorney. But a question - I believe the timeline suggests 45-90 mins of missing time in her drive. Is it possible she arrived at her destination, met up with someone, and was heading back since the car ended up facing a different way that her expected travel destination? I'm sure this was covered in accident reconstruction, but just curious.

  3. Honestly, I don't understand why this matters.

    Her disappearance clearly has nothing to do with college and all signs point to shady NH activity.

    1. It matters because a thorough investigation involves looking at absolutely every single piece of information as potential evidence, regardless of how unlikely it is that it's relevant to the case. Just because you think her disappearance clearly has nothing to do with it, doesn't mean it does not need to be thoroughly vetted, if only to dismiss it. I personally don't think she had anything to do with it either, but if James didn't follow up on this theory at all while researching for his book, I'd accuse him of shoddy investigation and journalism.

      Your attitude is akin to the attitude of sloppy police officers who decide that all signs point to one person, and investigate the case with that idea in mind, ignoring any evidence that doesn't support their theory of the crime. That's how innocent people end up charged and convicted of crimes they had nothing to do with.

      Point being: it matters. A lot. Regardless of whether it seems like the most likely theory of what happened to her.

    2. It absolutely does matter but at this point we need to bear down on events during the trip north itself. There's a lot of misinformation and new stuff coming to light. Hell, if even an EMT says, "Something's not right here", you'd better pay attention.

      Net: The cops dropped the ball. There were people who were at the scene, official and civilian, not in the record. There are witnesses to prove this. There are several versions of the official story. It's not clear if this is because of outright bumbling or someone's being protected. Not right. At all. These deficiencies need to be addressed, before more witnesses pass on.

  4. My son is a lawyer in Massachusetts (Brockton). I can get you his phone number if you need it. He is familiar with the case but not a regular reader of the blog.

  5. Attorney Joesph Andersen of Whitman, MA comes to mind right away. He was really good in that Boston Magazine Article. Maybe reach out to him.