Massachusetts Public Records Request: Civil Asset Forfeiture

Peter Vickery filed this request with the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts.
Due March 20, 2020
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Peter Vickery

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All records relating to:
All actions commenced between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019, brought pursuant to G.L. 94C, §47, in which the Commonwealth sought forfeiture of property, including:
• The case names and docket numbers;
• The courts in which the proceedings took place or are taking place;
• A description of each and every item of property whose forfeiture the Commonwealth sought;
• The names of the property owners; and
• The outcome.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.


Peter Vickery

From: Attorney General's Office

Thank you for submitting your Records Request to the Attorney General's Office.

Please remember the following:

· Submission of this form does not constitute receipt of it by the AGO. Your records request will be considered received on the next business day following its submission.

· The AGO can only respond to requests for records that are within its possession and cannot respond to requests seeking records from other agencies.

· If you need to submit supplemental materials as part of your records request, please contact the AGO Records Access Officer or her staff.

Thank you.

From: Attorney General's Office

Dear Mr. Vickery,

Please see the attached for the AGO's first response to your public records request.

Very truly yours,

Jon Cubetus
Paralegal - General Counsel's Office
Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
o: (617) 963-2089<>

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From: Peter Vickery

Regarding the March 23, 2020, acknowledgment of my public records request, please let me know when you expect to provide a response. For ease of reference I attach your acknowledgment.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Peter Vickery, Esq.