Historic domestic assault records
|Submitted||Aug. 29, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all arrest/ incident reports involving Alan Morton Dershowitz and Sue Barlach filed by Cambridge Police Department and/or Harvard University Police Department.
The incidents took place at Harvard University housing on Robinson Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts between the years 1970-1974.
Although there is typically an exemption for reports of domestic assault under Massachusetts law, I believe that as a news organization, we have a right to these documents as a matter of public interest. Alan Dershowitz is the former criminal defense attorney for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. He is also the defendant named in a defamation lawsuit, in the Southern District of New York, by alleged Epstein sex trafficking victim, Virginia Giuffre.
Furthermore, Sue Barlach, who is understood to be the victim here, died of an apparent suicide in 1983. Therefore, the public interest for restricting disclosure of such reports has long expired, and disclosure now is warranted. Her death is noted in a number of news articles, including last month:
Sue Barlach moved to New York, and for several years worked as a research librarian for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. On New Year’s Eve, 1983, she drowned in the East River, in an apparent suicide.
It is also mentioned here: ‘Sue Dershowitz died in 1984.’
If you regard any of the requested records as subject to exemption from disclosure under the law, I hereby request that you exercise your discretion and disclose them nonetheless. If you decide to withhold any request records, please do not deny the entire request and release the information available under the law.
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Daily Mail Online|51 Astor Place, 9th floor, New York NY 10003
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In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
From: Cambridge Police Department
The Cambridge Police Department has no responsive documents associated with the request as outlined below.
Director of Communications
Cambridge Police Department
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