Mental Health Workers Seek to Ease Their 'Duty to Warn' -- Seven Days Vermont, February 1, 2016
"In February 2011, 21-year-old Evan Rapoza walked into the basement of a St. Johnsbury apartment building where Michael Kuligoski was fixing the furnace. Rapoza attacked the 50-year-old repairman with a pipe wrench, strangled him with a belt and tried to drown him in a bucket of water. Rapoza, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, had never met the older man.
Kuligoski survived, but he has "very severe, permanent disabling injuries" and will never work again, according to his family's attorney, Richard Cassidy. Rapoza was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial."
Rutland Native Starts Burlington Law Firm -- Rutland Herald, November 11, 2016.
"BURLINGTON — Rich Cassidy’s passion for the law was first sparked in 1970, when he was volunteering for former Vermont Governor Phil Hoff’s run for the U.S. Senate as an anti-war candidate. Amid all the controversy surrounding the Vietnam War, Cassidy said he learned about the wide impact the law could have, and that it could be “a tool for making the world a better place.” “I said, ‘I want to have that ability in my tool box,’” he said...."