Courts & Corrections

VTDigger covers criminal justice issues including Vermont legal issues, Vermont courts and the Vermont Department of Corrections. Elizabeth Hewitt covers the criminal justice system for VTDigger. She can be reached at [email protected]

Man shoots himself in Plainfield resident’s yard

An East Montpelier man shot himself in the yard of Plainfield residence on Sunday, according to the Vermont State Police. The police responded to a call Sunday morning about suicidal statements made by the man, but his location was unknown at the time. At 12:45 p.m. a Plainfield resident called state police about an unknown […]

Transgender man dies after Burlington assault

Amos Beede, 38, died on Monday, a week after he was assaulted at a homeless camp in Burlington, according to the Burlington Police Department. Beede, a transgender male, was hospitalized after the attack on May 23. Police are not ruling out Beede’s transgender status as a motive. Until an investigation is complete, police are “viewing […]

Protester charged with littering, trespassing

Henry Harris, a protester with the People’s Department of Environmental Justice, has been charged with trespassing and has been fined $500 for littering. Harris was one of 11 protesters who demonstrated on May 29 at the Randolph home of Chris Recchia, the commissioner of the Department of Public Service. Members of the People’s Department of […]

Bennington daycare workers arrested on charges related to child neglect

Dooda’s Daycare in Bennington was suspended this week; it’s the second childcare center in Vermont this year that has been closed temporarily as the result of alleged negligence.

SCOV Law Blog: Challenging the admissibility of a refusal to take a roadside sobriety test

The plaintiff said since she didn’t actually finish the exercise there wasn’t a conclusion that could be drawn from it, so it was irrelevant and prejudicial.

Vermont Yankee employees win appeal for overtime pay

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published May 27, 2016. VERNON — A law firm representing four employees has won an appeal against Entergy, the company which owns the shutdown nuclear plant Vermont Yankee. The decision, issued by the United States Court of Appeals […]

SEC receiver sues financial firm Quiros used for investor funds

The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal actions against Raymond James Financial Inc. Last week, a Vermont firm also sued People’s United Bank for “mishandling” EB-5 investor money.

Burlington police investigating assault of transgender man

BURLINGTON — Police say they are investigating the severe beating of a transgender man at a homeless encampment near the Barge Canal area on Pine Street as a possible hate crime. Officers said they were called to the encampment Monday just after 11 a.m., several hours after an apparent assault. They discovered a 38-year-old transgender […]

Ban on anti-gay ‘therapy’ hailed as step against hatred

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law on the steps of the Statehouse, surrounded by legislative leaders who have long fought to protect the civil liberties of gay, bisexual and transgender Vermonters.

Racial disparities documented in state police traffic stops

Newly analyzed data from the Vermont State Police shows that white drivers are stopped less often than members of other groups. A researcher says that may not prove bias but that the information merits further examination.

Burlington man sentenced for selling heroin

A Burlington man was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to federal charges for dealing heroin. Samuel Spivack, 32, was sentenced Monday, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Vermont. The judge ordered him to serve the first three months on […]

ATF offering reward for leads in Waterbury armed robbery

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is seeking information about an armed robbery last month at a convenience store in Waterbury. The ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest of those involved in the holdup at the Champlain Farms on North Main Street at […]

New Jersey man sentenced to 36 months for heroin dealing

A federal judge sentenced a man to three years in prison Monday for dealing heroin in Vermont. Jonathan Nisbett, 24, of Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to charges that he regularly traveled to Vermont to sell heroin in 2015. Nisbett was arrested in August as he was getting off a train in Essex Junction. Police […]

Meth production concerns arise in Northeast Kingdom

Two incidents — an arrest and a fire — over the weekend raised suspicions of the manufacture of methamphetamine.