Convicted murderer’s family used cash, influence to buy leniency, custody of victims

Convicted murderer’s family used cash, influence to buy leniency, custody of victims

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BOSTON, May 29, 2014 —  It was hard to miss the smug sense of entitlement present in legendary Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy’s son’s voice yesterday at his sentencing hearing before the Middlesex Superior Court. Remy used the spotlight to assert his property claim to his child victim, then blamed victim Jennifer Martel for her own murder.

“I always told Jen she could leave, but do not threaten me with my daughter,” Remy said. “That night Jennifer had a knife in her hand and threatened me with my daughter. So I killed her. I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers.”

Perhaps the reason  Remy believed he was entitled to custody and control of his crime victims is because for decades, the Massachusetts courts had treated him as a harmlessly misguided father “set off” by his crime victims who had no one but themselves to blame for his willful misconduct. To the system charged with safeguarding the public, Remy just needed a walk around the block to cool off and some State sponsored counseling and supervision from the probation department to step up to the plate for his kids.

By September 2011, Remy’s privately bankrolled defense attorney Peter Bella had convinced Massachusetts judges to close a staggering 18 cases involving Remy, only twice finding him guilty of the various traffic, violence and/or drug related related offenses authorities had seen fit to charge him with. On ten occasions, judges outright dismissed the charges against Remy, but also granted him continuances without findings (CWOF’s) that resulted in dismissals on six other occasions.

Remy himself would probably see things differently, citing his own lack of a criminal record as proof that he was in fact the victim of various manipulations and false allegations made by the many vindictive women he dated.

The worst part is that judges approved Remy’s plea agreements with the explicit understanding that they may be falsely discrediting his crime victims, paving the way for a violent predator to gain custody of child victims through the family courts. Even after Remy stabbed Jennifer to death in front of their 4-year-old daughter last summer, then fought off good samaritans who tried to rescue her as she bled to death, Remy’s parents still had the audacity to sue the orphan’s maternal relatives for custody.

Thankfully, they lost.


According to the Boston Globe, Remy and his family repeatedly misused the courts as a venue to help Remy terrorize a total of seven female victims then escape liability for his crimes. That total does not include various boys and men Remy also attacked over the years, or the many victims who were afraid to testify against him.

Not long after Remy got his driver’s license in 1995, a flurry of traffic violations and road rage incidences provided the Massachusetts court system with an accurate foreshadowing of the life of violent crime that the son of iconic Red Sox sportscaster Jerry Remy was headed for. Perhaps his father’s status was the reason few eyebrows were raised in 1996 when Remy, a troubled 17-year-old with a violent history, started dating 14-year-old girl. Apparently, the question of statutory rape either never came up or was not relevant to the child protection and law enforcement officials who handled Remy’s cases over the years.

At the age of 19, Remy’s then 16-year-old girlfriend Tiffany Guyette gave birth to their first child. Remy’s criminal records show that over the course of the two years the pair had been dating, Remy stalked, assaulted, and brutalized not only Guyette, but several men and women from their community with tragic results. One child sustained such severe permanent brain damage during one of Remy’s and his friend’s violent attacks that the victim had to be airlifted to UMASS Medical Center with severe head injuries. At the time of the attack, the 15-year-old victim, John Lloyd, was a mildly disabled kid with his future in tact. Seven dark years later, Lloyd ended his struggle to recover from the debilitating permanent cognitive injuries Remy inflicted on him. Instead of going after Remy, Lloyd used a 22-caliber shotgun to end his own life and permanently remove himself from the miserable hell it had become.

But Remy never paid a legal price for injuring Lloyd or causing his death due to a network of support systems dedicated to ensuring his permanent record would remain unbesmurched, leaving Remy free to target future victims with little scrutiny or consequence.

Over the next two decades, the Massachusetts courts ruthlessly and repeatedly refused to enforce restraining orders pending against Remy, or to prosecute him for a whole slew of violent crimes Remy committed against members of his community. Instead, the courts wiped the slate clean for Remy each time he reoffended, and victims who were not charged with crimes and fought the system to bring Remy to justice were punished by judges who used various covert collateral sentencing methods to target them.

Meanwhile, the court industry vendors assigned to Remy’s cases made killing off the backs of Jared Remy’s violent crimes, while Remy’s victims and the honest police officers who spent untold hours trying to bring Remy to justice received little or no support from the system in the years leading up to Martel’s 2013 murder.

For example, the Remy family repeatedly sued Guyette for custody of her baby, engaging the young teenage mother in years of caustic and expensive family court litigation.

In 1998, the family courts admittedly relied exclusively on false allegations Remy had made to justify orders granting him a restraining order against Guyette and awarding the Remy family sole custody of the child. Later, the court decided Remy’s claims were without merit, and Guyette was never charged with any crimes or found to have mistreated her son. Yetthe court decided to make many aspects of the fraudulent custody switch permanent, such as the intrusion of Remy’s parent’s authority to make decisions that equally rivaled the fit mother’s discretion.

Eventually Remy did jail stretches for assaulting Guyette, but by then the courts had already sentenced his victims to a lifetime of “co-parenting” with a dangerous criminal and his family. The courts also misused Remy’s mental health condition and his violent misconduct to justify the appointment of several court industry professionals to evaluate, represent, supervise the entire family. Since the case was later sealed, it is not known what benefit the court had hoped Remy’s child would reap from such an investment and the forced relationship with his father’s caustic and dangerous family that ensued.

Even on the rare occasions where Remy was convicted, neither Remy nor the public received substantial [if any] long term safety benefits from the various Probation Department programs Remy was enrolled in over the years. In fact, the sole beneficiaries of the Probation Department’s [publicly funded] programs and services in Remy’s case appears to be the vendors themselves.

But according to Attorney Bella, there was no “pay to play” scandal involved with Remy’s case because Remy never received any special treatment from the courts.

In other words, the Remy case was just some deadly business as usual in the Massachusetts courts. Nothing to see here folks, keep it moving.



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