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Is Amanda’s Day Coming?

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Sign in front of Leslie Brill Miserole's front lawn

Sign on Leslie Brill Meserole’s front lawn

Will tomorrow be the first day for Amanda Wienckowski? Since Amanda’s highly publicized and tragic death in 2009, her mother, Leslie Brill Meserole, has been seeking answers and information. This arduous journey may take a sharp turn tomorrow morning at 9:30am in the Supreme Court chambers of Judge Deborah A.Chimes. Artvoice has learned that Leslie’s Pro Se (on behalf of herself) efforts to obtain access to government records will be augment by the FOIL/FOIA dream team of attorneys Michael Kuzma and Peter A. Reese. Kuzma and Reese teach classes on Freedom of Information and openness in government. They have successfully litigated numerous such cases through the years.  

Reese gave Artvoice the following statement: “In past four decades I have been involved in hundreds of FOIL/FOIAs and have litigated or assisted in dozens of suits. I have never seen a case with such emotional impact. They say the worst thing that can happen to a mother is to bury a child. Leslie lost her child first to drugs and the streets, then later to an unspeakably tragic death. Please give me a worse fate which could befall anyone. Now it appears that the government, which exists solely to serve us all, has compounded her pain by years of needless delays and foot dragging. We need some of the disinfecting warmth of sunshine to clean up this matter.”


  • Shelly

    Oh I’ll Start This Discussion Alright. Let me Introduce Myself. My Name is Shelly. I too am an Angel Mom.(I met Leslie on a Grief Support Group on Facebook). But unlike my Sister/Friend 4-Life Leslie, my Angel Son was Killed by way of a Single Car Accident. No Alcohol or Drugs Were Involved. Just a Point I’d Like to Make. Unlike Angel Amanda Who WAS MURDERED by WAY of STRANGULATION,YES MURDERED…RAPED,NAKED & LEFT FOR DEAD for DAYS in a DUMPSTER…LIKE I STATED…MURDERED…What get’s me is ALL KNEW THIS…ALL…(I’LL be MORE SPECIFIC SHORTLY). But ALL ANYONE WANT’S to DO is BRING up HER PAST??? BRINGING up ONE’S PAST HAS NOTHING to do WITH MURDER ESPECIALLY to YOU MORON’S INCLUDING the LOCAL PD(WHO F!@Ked UP BIG TIME) DOING THEIR MESSY INVESTIGATION,ESPECIALLY w/ALL/ANY EVIDENCE TAMPERING,WASN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL/ANY EVIDENCE,LIED to ANGEL AMANDA’S FAMILY,the MEDIA & the PUBLIC ABOUT ALL. WHERE’S ALL THE EVIDENCE??? UP ONE’s ASS??? WHY ON THIS EARTH WOULD the LOCAL PD BE DOING an ACT of INHUMANITY,HIDING & F!@KING WHY??? WHY a COVER UP??? AS IT SO SEEM’S & OBVIOUS… WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??? ARE THEIR SOME CROOKED PEEP’S in THIS F!@KED UP JUSTICE SYSTEM? WE ALL KNOW THIS DOES EXIST…The KNOWN SUSPECT(THE LAST ONE to SEE ANGEL AMANDA ALIVE) & I’LL STATE it AGAIN the KNOWN SUSPECT(WHO’S in JAIL for ATTEMPTING to STRANGLE ANOTHER VICTIM) RELATED TO SOME BIG WIG??? The 1st. MED. EX WHO ALSO RESIGNED AFTER ALL THE TRUTH STARTED COMING OUT. THIS SHOULD MAKE ONE THINK??? BECAUSE the MED. EXAMINER KNEW “OOOP’S ME BAD CAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ALSO DID WRONG or Maybe INVOLVED in a INHUMANE ACT??? The 1st. MED EX KNOW’S THEY DID WRONG As to the REAL REASON WHY ANGEL AMANDA BECAME an ANGEL. SHE WAS MURDERED…BUT WHY WOULD a MED. EX. F!@K UP??? The 2nd. MED. EXAMINER(By the Grace of God) ACTUALLY DID ANOTHER AUTOPSY on ANGEL AMANDA & THEIR WORK,FINDINGS WERE MORE PROFESSIONALISM,TRUTH,EMPATHY.CARE & MORE. OKAY. WE FINALLY GOT AMANDA”S LYNN’S LAW PASSED(Thank You Assemblymen,Gov. Cuomo & many another) BUT FOR THOSE of you THAT DON’T KNOW THAT’S JUST the BEGINNING BELIEVE ME YOU…STOP TALKING TRASH ESPECIALLY The F!@KTARD’S MEDIA. THIS WAS A HUMAN BEING. OH & ALL HAVEN’T SEEN NOTHING YET I TELL YOU. NOTHING. YOU KNOW I COULD GO ON,ON BUT I’M SURE I HOPEFULLY MADE SOME MOST OBVIOUS POINTS HERE. FOR THOSE WHO I KNOW WILL COMMENT MOST NEGATIVITIES PER MY POST GO STICK EM’ WHERE the SUN DON’T SHINE CAUSE YOU KNOW NOTHING…NOTHING…GOOD LUCK TOMORROW my SISTER/FRiend 4-LIFE LESLIE AS YOU KNOW YOUR ANGEL DAUGHTER AMANDA & the GOOD LORD HAVE YOUR BACK. I WILL BE THERE Bin SPIRIT as ALL US WILL. NOW, CAN WE PLEASE LET ANGEL AMANDA RIP & GET THE REAL JUSTICE SHE,HER FAMILKY DESERVE. Thank you…

  • Real Deal

    While we applaud/ appreciate the help of Mr. Kuzma and Mr. Reese, some
    points need to be made here. First, your Client’s Daughter, (Amanda)
    had no criminal record AT ALL! Second, Amanda’s drug habits (made
    public by your client), speak to Lesslie’s integrity in being honest
    before a less than compassionate Media. Third, “Lost to the streets”,
    Amanda was a highly intelligent young lady. She was enrolled at NCCC
    and was an employed, taxpaying member of society. She was enrolled in a drug
    treatment program and regularly tested clean for two weeks straight
    (prior her disappearance). Fourth, Amanda wasn’t “lost”… There
    remains NOT A SINGLE SHRED OF EVIDENCE to suggest Amanda was on the East
    Side behalf of her own freewill. Both Garner and Adam Patterson gave
    conflicting accounts of what happened to this attractive young lady who
    was on clear path to getting her act together the very night she vanished.
    Frank Sedita refused to press charges on Garner and Patterson despite
    their clear admissions of Felonies the evening Amanda went missing.
    Sedita would latter interview with BN saying, “There was no sign of
    violence in Amanda’s death” despite clear bruising around Amanda’s
    neck. Your Client’s Daughter was not a transient whom was a scourge on
    society. She however WAS a clear victim of a crime. Ya know Mr.
    Sedita, there used to be a day when a guy would go out with a girl and
    the guy would be held responsible if something happened to the girl…
    People like Sedita are the problem with society and the streets being
    the way they are. He had these two on Federal Wire-fraud Conspiracy
    charges (use of cell-phones) in defrauding the Federal Government of tax
    money, but Mr. Sedita failed to act for some reason.

  • fhjfdhjkd

    Hahahaha written by “Artvoice Staff” with a statement from Peter Reese. So transparent!

    • Shelly

      fhjfdhjkd. In All Due Respect Can you please Clarify your Comment :”Hahahaha” more specific please as well as “Transparent” ? This coming from a “Artvoice Staff” Member is very Unprofessional as Disrespectful. Also what Statement are you referring to as from a Peter Reese? Who is Peter Reese & where is his Statement? Thank you.

      • Shelly

        No Response as of yet? I can find out who Mr. Peter Reese is w/no Difficulty but I really don’t care. Any Comment isn’t needed from you(No matter Who you are) as the same from Mr. Reese I feel Personally. Thank you for not doing so…

      • Shelly

        Sorry in All Due Respect Mr. Reese as Didn’t know Who you were until until I read Breezeee’s Comment & Real Deal over. The feeling is still Mutual w/fthfdhjkd though. Reply

      • fhjfdhjkd

        It’s transparent that Peter Reese wrote this “article” himself and posted it under the name “Artvoice Staff.”

      • Shelly

        Gotcha…

    • Shelly

      Waiting for a Reply FHJFDHJKD??? BTW, How could you come up w/such a Name LMAO! Sounds either Like ISIS or F this F that !!!

  • Shelly

    3 lawyers helping Amanda’s mother get records on her death

    By Melinda Miller | News Staff Reporter | Google+

    on August 25, 2015 – 7:39 AM

    $100 million suit claims county mishandled Wienckowski case

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    Second autopsy on Wienckowski shows beating, strangulation

    The case is due back in Chimes’ court on Sept. 14.

    Even Amanda Wienckowski’s mom is surprised by the “dream team” she suddenly is working with as she pursues the truth about her daughter’s death six years ago.

    Instead of representing herself on Monday when she returned to State Supreme Court, Leslie Brill Meserole was joined for the first time by three attorneys who agreed to represent her in Freedom of Information and Article 78 filings to get records regarding Amanda.

    Michael Kuzma, a specialist in FOIL actions, signed on last Thursday to help Meserole, and he brought in open government advocate Peter Reese and civil rights attorney Daire Brian Irwin. They will now press her efforts to see all autopsy information from the county medical examiner’s office and all Erie County Holding Center records – including visitors and telephone calls – involving Antoine Garner. He was the last person to see Wienckowski alive before her naked, frozen body was found upside down in a garbage tote in January 2009, more than a month after her family reported her missing.

    “I intend to litigate this to the gates of hell if necessary to get this lady some justice and some closure,” Reese said after court. “I’m in this until it’s over. I believe we had a nice day in court today – and I don’t think the government has been as nice to her previously.”

    The attorneys volunteered their services, Reese said, after following Meserole’s case and the difficulties she had been having to obtain the information. She has spent the last six years trying to see police reports, autopsy records and other information gathered after her daughter’s body was found in January 2009.

    More than five weeks passed between when Wienckowski was last seen alive and when her bruised body was discovered. The medical examiner, unable to find a definitive answer for how the 20-year-old died, ruled she was the victim of an accidental drug overdose.

    However, a pathologist later hired by Meserole concluded the young woman had been strangled.

    A third pathologist, hired by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office after the private doctor’s report, said he would have ruled the cause of death as inconclusive based on the evidence.

    But because of the medical examiner’s ruling of accidental death, no one ever was charged for anything that happened to Wienckowski.

    Meserole believes Garner is the key. Shortly after Wienckowski’s body was found, he admitted that he had hired her to come to his house for sex on Dec. 5, 2008, but said she left that same night. Her body later was found across the street from Garner’s house.

    Garner currently is serving an 18-year prison term for other crimes: the rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2008 and 2009, a June 2011 choking and assault case, and a July 2011 Buffalo home-invasion armed robbery. He was in the Erie County Holding Center from Jan. 9 to Nov. 20 in 2009 and from Sept. 15, 2011 to May 17, 2013 before being sent to prison.

    Meserole wants to know who he talked to on the jail’s phone during those periods and who visited him – in other words, who he might have talked to about Amanda.

    Assistant County Attorney Jeremy Toth told the court that all phone records and recordings made prior to 2012 are gone, “lost” when the county changed software in the jail.

    After court, Toth said that, while the phone records may exist somewhere, they are “unrecoverable” by his office, and that he doesn’t know who or what entity might have them.

    Reese is skeptical.

    “The best defense to a FOI request is ‘We don’t have the records,’” he said.

    The legal team will now try to find exactly where those phone records became “lost.”

    Meanwhile, they may have made some headway with material from the medical examiner’s office. Toth, meeting with the lawyers after court, discussed ways that slides of tissue samples and X-rays could be copied, along with photos from the autopsy.

    “It appears the county attorney’s office is willing to work with us as much as possible,” Reese said.

    The change in course has brought Meserole new hope.

    “It’s overwhelming,” she said. “I almost can’t believe it’s happening.”

    The lawyers will be going through a box of records about Wienckowski’s case that were released a few weeks ago by the Buffalo Police Department and then see where it goes from there.

    “I don’t want anything from anybody,” Meserole said of her motives. “Our goal here is to change the death certificate. I want to know what happened to Amanda. I want people to be held accountable.”

  • Shelly

    Title:
    Mom of woman found in garbage tote seeks records

    Link:
    http://www.wkbw.com/news/amanda-wienckowskis-mother-is-court-for-answers

    (Sent from WKBW 7 Eyewitness News Buffalo)
    Mom of woman found in garbage tote seeks records
    The mother of Amanda Wienckowski was in State Supreme Court Monday morning seeking more answers to her daughter’s death.
    wkbw.com

  • Breezeee

    Ya got to give Reese and Kuzma credit for their work here!!

    • Shelly

      Yes I certainly agree Breezeee…