MSP troopers correspondence with AAG Caldwell re: Velis-Merrigan report (AGO)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts.


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All correspondence (including emails, memos and other communications) between state police officers (including but not limited to Det. Captain L'Italien and Capt. James Coughlin) and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Caldwell to discuss emails requested as part of the Velis-Merrigan investigation into alleged prosecutorial misconduct in handling evidence from Sonja Farak.

From the officers' January 2016 report: "On October 15, 2015 I met with Attorney Thomas Caldwell at the Office of the Attorney General in Boston. The purpose of this meeting was to receive the e-mails that had been requested as a part of this investigation. The e-mails were saved to a CD
and were encrypted."

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock

Hello -

Please acknowledge receipt of this public records request.


From: Gainey, Emalie (AGO)

Hello Shawn,

I received and submitted your request on June 1.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Emalie -

Thanks — let me know if anything about this request is unclear.


From: Gainey, Emalie (AGO)

Hello Shawn

Please find attached the response to your request.