Coakley on Public Corruption & Fraud
Attorney General Martha Coakley announced she’s going to crack down on public corruption. Throughout her campaign for re-election she stated she had prosecuted 40 cases of public corruption, (an average ten cases per year), a seemingly low number considering the widespread corruption known in all levels of government, but the AG’s commitment to increase her focus on it is a start.
Coakley announced Wednesday she is creating a task force to focus on public corruption that has permeated the Massachusetts political establishment.
Also this week, Coakley was on 96.9 Boston Talks when a call-in offered to work for the AG’s office “for free” to assist in going after the rampant public corruption the caller claimed to be aware of. The
caller referenced the recent case of Salisbury, Mass. Police Chief David L’Esperance
who was stripped of his badge and gun
, and then abruptly retired
before answering questions from an investigator
. Citing that the police chief was accused of criminal activities ranging from drugs, sex, theft and more
the caller stated that she had contacted the AG’s office more than five years ago, before Coakley’s time, attempting to expose and stop this corruption, and was ignored
. Emphasizing that this situation is just a fraction of the corruption known to her, the caller expressed her eagerness to help Coakley because she had gone to every law enforcement agency in Massachusetts trying to get someone to investigate. Coakley responded that she “… didn’t see any reason not to, because this is exactly the type of thing we are looking for.”
Arrangements were made for the caller to contact the AG’s office, and assuming things go as planned the caller could very well lend a hand in what is said to be
A 31-page document describes, in part, the criminal activity of the former Chief which has since been handed over to the FBI and DA’s office. The investigator says that former Salisbury Police Chief exchanged drugs and money for sex with known criminals, falsified police records, improperly interfered in arrests and committed numerous other serious violations of his duty.
In coffee shops and blogs townspeople are demanding answers, and some go as far as demanding the resignation of the town manager, Harrington who is quoted: “This is very disappointing to me as the person who hired L’Esperance . . . “But we took action, and we’re ready to move on.” Many are not ready to move on and insist the investigation be expanded and done by someone with no connections to anyone suspected of being involved. Already this has broadened to a second officer being scrutinized, and suggestions that every criminal case bearing L’Esperance’s name should be re-evaluated. L’Esperance’s involvement with the courts is also likely to come under scrutiny as he was the Court Liason for West Newbury for many years prior to becoming the Police Chief in Salisbury, and in that capacity he heavily influenced, if not outright controlled what was and was not prosecuted in that court.
Due to the ever stunning and expanding new developments in this case, it has been moved to a page of its own. To access SEE Corrupt Chief of Police link at top of page under Masthead.
Town Manager Neil Harrington reveals contents of Investigation.
association with criminal offenders, sexual relations in return for money or drugs, interference with justice, instructing prosecutors to give special considerations to criminals, squashed actions that could be taken against criminals, altered official police reports, released certain criminals during an arrest, took items from crime scenes including money and property, falsified documents to the FBI
The caller was successful in meeting with two State Troopers from the AG’s office regarding L’Esperance, the very day Salisbury Selectmen had scheduled to meet with outraged citizens that night. For the entire public meeting visit this link: http://www.salisburyma.gov/communityTV/SCTselectmenvideo.html
The caller has heard from no one from the AG’s office since with the exception of a letter received from that office stating they were not going to investigate the case involving L’Esperance further, “not due to lack of merit, but because of the volume of other cases” handled by the AG.
As far as the caller’s offer to work for the AG for free to assist with public corruption, the caller left contact information several times and has not been called back though still hopes to hear from someone in the near future.
For latest news on L’Esperance visit: https://sosmass.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/police-corruption-update/
SOSMass invites the AG’s office, and anyone else to submit stories or information on any and all cases of Public Corruption in the state of MA that have either been prosecuted, are being pursued, or require an investigation. They can either be sent directly to SOSMassnow@gmail.com or submitted via comments on the https://sosmass.wordpress.com/public-corruption/ page. Thank you for any assistance in this very critical matter.