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.”