November 19, 2017

Editorial: Untangle the Massachusetts State Police mess

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State Police and government leaders are under fire for an arrest report scandal involving a judge's daughter.

The case was already terribly sad, before two lawsuits, two sudden retirements, and multiple accusations and insinuations involving the top rung of the State Police force and other officials made it worse.

Last month, the daughter of Dudley District Court’s first justice — Judge Timothy M. Bibaud, admired for establishing and presiding over the first drug court in Worcester County in 2014 — crashed her car on Interstate 190 in Worcester. Alli Bibaud ended up being booked on charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of materials used to inject heroin.

And, she said things. She was impaired, angry, miserable, in no condition to drive — and unable to stop herself from heading toward more trouble. Among various things she reportedly said or shouted in the course of that night, she allegedly offered a sexual favor to Trooper Ryan Sceviour in exchange for leniency.

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