Thursday, March 10, 2005

Just Plain Disgusting


It shouldn’t take 30 years to try to make a police force to start complying with laws. When police do what they want, when they want, and nail to the wall, anyone who dares question them, the climate definitely is not American nor the way our Forefathers intended.

It looks like the Connecticut State Police will allow an innocent man or woman to take the blame for even murders, rather than admit laziness, mistakes, and/or being influenced by other corrupt cops or connected behind the scenes players.
-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

FOI Action Clears Way For Reilly To Get File
March 10, 2005
By TRACY GORDON FOX, Hartford Courant

The state Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday paved the way for Peter Reilly - and perhaps the public - to see the entire state police file that led to Reilly's manslaughter conviction in the slaying of his mother 32 years ago.

Questions have lingered since 1977, when a judge acting as a one-man grand jury cleared Reilly and criticized the state police for their handling of the case.

On Wednesday, the commission voted unanimously to vacate an earlier ruling that only some of the Reilly case documents are public. That action clears the way for state police to release the entire file to Reilly and others he designates. Reilly, now 50 and living in Tolland, said Wednesday night that he is anxious to see what is in the case files that never came to light, and that he holds out the hope that there is "a possibility to finally solve this case."

"This isn't about me," he said, adding he still thinks of his mother every day.

"This is the Barbara Gibbons murder case. If there is anything I can do for my mother it is to continue to look. I am compelled to do that."

Reilly's attorney has said they intend to release the file to the media. It's not clear how long that might take.

"We are pleased and gratified that sunlight will reach the corners of this file and we learn hopefully what facts were available to the authorities," said Alan Neigher, Reilly's attorney.

Reilly has said ever since the 1977 grand jury report that he wants to know whether state police pursued other suspects.

No one else has been charged. Reilly's mother, Barbara Gibbons, 51, was stabbed in her Falls Village home in 1973. Reilly, an 18-year-old high school senior at the time, returned home from a church function and said he found his mother in her bedroom, nearly decapitated from a slash wound.

Reilly was questioned for more than eight hours by state police detectives, and eventually signed a confession.

Reilly was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, but was later freed after a grand juror report. Reilly and Donald Connery, an author and writer for the Lakeville Journal newspaper, have been trying for years to compel the state police to release the case file. Connery, who has written two books on the case, and the Lakeville Journal filed FOI complaints that led to Wednesday's action.

Last year, the Freedom of Information Commission ruled that some of the documents could be made public, saying that state police should release any records that don't pertain to the charges brought against Reilly.

When a police investigation does not result in a conviction, case files are usually not made public. After a subsequent meeting with Public Safety Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle, the state police agreed to give Reilly the entire file.

Boyle declined to comment Wednesday.

Although the commission voted to vacate its earlier decision, members said that they weren't undoing it, but rather attempting to "facilitate the release of documents in a 30-year-old matter."

They cautioned that if the state police did not comply with the release of information they could revisit the case.

"This is what we wanted," said Robert Estabrook, editor and publisher emeritus of the Lakeville Journal, who attended the hearing.

"We may be going through stuff everyone knows about. But there might be important leads in there," Estabrook said.

"There may be something in there that brings forth new evidence. This is what we must hope for."

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

How can there not still be sleaze in the Connecticut Governor’s Office, if former Rowland aids are answering Rell’s phones? (post)

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition)

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Names named, criminals in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, reported but nothing is done by the armed revenue collectors and the money collecting, not criminal correcting, court system


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