The Boston Broadside is Under Attack

UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2020

The Boston Broadside Newspaper Under Attack

Judge Retires, Lawyer Requests Files Impounded For 20 Years!

UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2020

The Boston Broadside is being sued by certain enemies of free speech who seek to financially cripple the paper. In short, they object to our printing of the words, claims, medical documents, and court documents provided to us by a senior citizen who alleged that he was taken advantage of by certain lawyers.

We’ve detailed in the paper the words of the senior citizen who’s story was aired by Netflix and claims that when he asked for help, his own bank referred him to a lawyer who charged him exorbitant legal fees, had his life taken away from him, sold his properties against his wishes, and that he was then placed in a high-priced nursing home. He admitted he was overwhelmed, that he let things go with his properties in a bad way, that he knew he needed help and so he reached out for help. Instead of help, he claimed he lost everything, and no one would help him. Now, for printing his story, for printing his supporting documentation, the Broadside in now a defendant in a “$5 million+
 lawsuit. This is madness.


But what’s worse than this story of how no one would listen to his primary care doctor, nor listen to him, and his claim of how his lawyers turned on him, slapped a guardianship on him, billed him enormous sums of money, etc., is that his new lawyers filed a motion with Mass. Superior Court to impound the court records for 20 years. A strange, unusual motion, and one that for a 77-year-old man, is almost forever.


What we’ve learned so far is that the latest lawyer who – through the approval of  Mass. Probate Court Judge George F. Phelan – had purportedly drawn in excess of $500,000 in legal fees seemingly, this money was used to pay herself and her law firm.

We don’t know why they charged so much for legal services however it appears there was an approximately $3.2 – $3.4 million account (following the sales of multiple properties), and we don’t know how she was able to do so in such a short period of time (apparently well less than 24 or even 18 months). And, we may never know.


What we do know at this point is that she doesn’t want anyone to see anything in either file, which presumably also includes her billing sheets. She wants them sealed near-forever.

Now, this would –  given what we’ve seen so far – be another simple rubber-stamp by Judge Phelan, who apparently rubber-stamped all of the prior requests in this guardianship case. However, just as the lawsuit against the Boston Broadside landed in the courts, Judge Phelan entered retirement.

Note: Netflix and multiple others are also named in the lawsuit. Netflix featured the story in their Dirty Money, Season 2, Episode 5 series almost a year after we printed his words in our newspaper. That episode triggered a lawsuit against Netflix, the Broadside, and anyone who touched or saw or reported on this case.

– Knowns and Unknowns –

Again, there are many unknowns: hundreds of thousands in attorney fees drawn from the senior citizen’s account, retirement by Judge Phelan …. But just when you think this cannot get stranger, apparently any financial records (which of course would include the lawyer’s billing, as well as presumably the billings of other attorneys and other parties to the case, as assigned by Judge Phelan) are getting buried?

– Broadside Fighting Back for First Amendment Rights –

Richard C. Chambers, Jr. ( attorney for one of the defendants – the Boston Broadside – contends that this is a case that should be transparent to the public because the Broadside is a newspaper protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and opposes any motion to keep the case impounded. Attorney Lisa Siegel Belanger, a co-defendant, joined in on the Broadside’s opposition along with Netflix. The matter was taken under advisement and the case is currently still impounded until a decision is made.

At this time, the Broadside seeks the assistance of anyone and everyone to let the world know that seniors need to be careful, need to secure their property safe from others, and that we need help to fight back against this outrageous $5 million+ lawsuit.  We ask that you share our info and provide us with any assistance you may suggest.

Attorney Richard Chambers, Jr. ( is the lead attorney representing the Boston Broadside.


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The Boston Broadside is Under Attack

And we need your help to survive.
We have the truth on our side, but in this litigious world, defending the truth is expensive. Going up against extremist-fueled lawyers is even harder.

The Boston Broadside – Giving Voice to the Voiceless

A little more than six years ago, the Boston Broadside newspaper appeared on the steps of the Massachusetts State House at a rally supporting the release of Justina Pelletier, a teenage girl torn from her family and held captive by the state against her parents’ wishes. Our first printed issue was dedicated to Justina, and the horrors she endured in a landmark medical/political case.

Many courageous warriors went to bat for the Pelletier family, including talk show host and author Jeff Kuhner, whose rally flooded the State House steps, spilled out onto the street, out to Boston Common, and shut down the whole area. The spark of liberty touched off by Boston’s Bulldozer Jeff Kuhner that day led to Justina’s eventual return to her parents.

Moving Forward

Since that issue, we’ve gone on to cover NEW ENGLAND POLITICS AND BEYOND … without the liberal spin. And we’ve showcased many people who have had difficulties or suffered at the hands of government and its various branches.


Now, the Boston Broadside is under attack from certain lawyers who apparently seek to silence us. While we cannot get into specifics at this time, our need is urgent. We must have your support in defending our 1st Amendment Rights.

At this time the Broadside has had to retain legal counsel to represent the interests of the paper.

As such, we need your financial support – and we need it today.
The underlying story behind all this is incredible. We look forward to releasing it when we are able. For now, we don’t know how long this matter will continue and we are doing our best to work more hours to earn more money, set up loans, and yes, ask for donations of support.

We’re doing what we can to make sure the Broadside continues to serve you, The People, during this difficult time.

Please help us to make sure Massachusetts and New England continue to offer at least an alternate, common-sense source of information in this sea of crazy liberal media.

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Lawyers Attempt to Mortally Wound Broadside

We cannot state with stronger words the threat to the Broadside brought about by certain lawyers, apparently hell-bent on silencing the only mass-distributed, non-liberal newspaper in New England.

As we go to press, we have engaged the enemy of free speech, and while we do not seek battle, battle has been forced upon us as the enemy rages lawfare to threaten our existence, to pull down our stories, to silence your voices.

If you are a regular reader of this newspaper, you know that we print news and commentary without the liberal extremist spin. Some say we serve as a beacon of truth, as a voice for the voiceless, as The People’s Paper, in this sea of fake news and mainstream media spin and mediocrity.

We seek to cover the hard stories, the tough stories, the stories of politics, life, and personal freedom. We do what we can to present your stories, including the stories of your children, your parents, seniors, and others who have suffered. As you can guess, the other side wants you to be compliant, wants you to be silent, wants to silence us. And, they’re big and powerful and act like bullies.

Lawfare is tough. Lawfare is expensive. The other side is well armed. We are small in comparison, but together with the support of our readers and contributors, we are reminded of the phrase: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

With truth on our side, with you as our newspaper family, with the strength of our subscribers and supporters, we enter battle for our very existence. Please consider sharing our notice on page 17 of this edition. Please consider providing us the strength of your prayers.


“Searching through PACER records in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts  I noticed that you and Boston Broadside are being sued by a lawyer involved in the John Savanovich case, which your newspaper published a story about. 

This suit against you and your newspaper is outrageous–in my opinion, a violation of your rights to free speech and press! 

It appears that one of the lawyers involved as John’s attorney–a lawyer named xxxxxxx– is pissed because John and others made allegations that the lawyer and his cronies are unethically and needlessly siphoning off funds from John’s conservatorship–which John claimed several times he doesn’t even need or desire, but which was forced upon him. 

I don’t know how you ended up getting sued?  All you and your paper did was report what was going on in John’s case and what people were saying.  And everything in the case is under seal in the  Mass. Probate Court?  Outrageous!  We are all in danger of being oppressed by the powers-that-be and their agents, who can use the law to lay waste to people’s lives. 

I certainly hope there is something I can do to help you fight this kind of oppression.  I think the public needs to stand up to these people who think they can use lawsuits to intimidate and punish people who just report the facts about on-going cases, or at least get in back of you for support.  I certainly will.