Perhaps because they haven’t been on the job all that long, Troopers Ryan Sceviour and Ali Rei made a rookie mistake.
They thought everything was on the level. They believed that a judge’s daughter deserved no special treatment, that she should be treated just like anyone else driving three times over the legal alcohol limit with a heroin kit in her car.
In the hackerama, that kind of attitude – that a judge’s kid can be arrested like anyone else – is nothing less than blasphemy. The hacks’ motto is, “Do you know who I am?”
When the two troopers decided to treat the judge’s daughter as if she were not a member of a privileged caste, they had to be punished. Not the drunk driving judge’s daughter, but the cops who stopped her from killing herself and everybody else on I-190.
“The problem,” the troopers’ lawyer Lenny Kesten was saying last night, “is when you decide you’re gonna come down on the troopers for treating a connected person as if she wasn’t. That’s what the troopers were punished for. Don’t they know that they’re not supposed to treat connected people like they do anybody else?”
We still don’t know who called MSP Col. Richard McKeon to put the fix in for the judge’s daughter, Alli Bibaud. But as we try to put the pieces together, it becomes clearer and clearer just how rotten this entire Massachusetts judicial system is.
The judge, Timothy “Let ‘em Go” Bibaud, comes out of the Worcester district attorney’s office. So does the now “retired” State Police colonel, Richard McKeon, the first casualty of the scandal. The colonel’s boss, David Bennett, the secretary of public safety, is likewise a Worcester DA’s office hack. Bennett’s $153,044-a-year undersecretary is Jennifer Queally.
Would you care to guess where Jennifer Queally used to work? That’s right, the DA’s office. Would you like to guess which two statewide officeholders Queally gave a total of $2000 to? That’s right, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
And then there’s the judge’s daughter, Alli Bibaud – she used to work in the DA’s office too. You ask, how did someone who now admits to being a junkie get hired by the district attorney?
Two words: nationwide search.
In the kleptocracy that is Massachusetts, a drug problem is never an impediment to a judge’s kid getting hired by the local district attorney. Remember the probation department scandal – multiple judges were outed for getting assorted hack jobs for their worthless offspring.
The case I remember best was the son of Judge Mark Lawton (the son of a judge, by the way). Judge Lawton’s boy was fired by the DA of Plymouth County, so they just got him a new hack job, in the probation department, even though he was sweating profusely and his hands were shaking during his job interview. That was court testimony.
Young Lawton kept his hack probation job until he was finally arrested in the driveway of an alleged heroin dealer in Taunton.
Alli Bibaud had the same druggie-hack-judge’s-kid career trajectory. She went from the DA’s hack holding pen to an even more worthless state job – toll collector. And, again like young Lawton, she finally gets into an embarrassing mess Daddy can’t get her out of, a high-profile arrest.
Given his deep ties to the Worcester hackerama, Secretary Bennett would have seemed a likely candidate to make the call to put the fix in for the judge’s little junkie. But Bennett denies telling anyone to falsify the arrest report, which happens to be a felony. But what about his deputy, Ms. Queally? If Bennett had had a run-in with Ms. Bibaud out in Worcester, perhaps the hacks would reach out to Queally.
I asked the question, and this was the response of the public-safety secretary’s flack:
“Undersecretary Queally never asked nor was she ever asked to do anything with the police report in question. The first time she saw the police report as when it was referenced online.”
So that’s one more of ‘em on record denying everything.
Last night I reminded Kesten that the “retired” colonel says he’s done this same thing – falsifying arrest reports – “thousands” of times.
“Really?” said Kesten. “That’s unfortunate, because that’s ‘thousands’ of felonies.”
He said his two clients, the troopers, want everything on the table, no matter who goes down.
“This case is not going to be settled with a hush clause,” he said. “We should send a message to the State Police and the local police that this is not the way you operate, that you do treat everybody the same.”
Even if they’re hack judges, or a hack judge’s drug-addict kid.