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]

Shumlin: High court nomination won’t wait for new governor

The outgoing governor says he’ll appoint a new justice to the Vermont Supreme Court before leaving office.

Police: Man whose body was found may have overdosed

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Police say they believe they’ve identified a man who was found dead Monday afternoon in the area of Patchen and Arbor roads. The body was discovered in a wooded area near the road by a Vermont Gas Systems employee who was contacted by a customer who smelled what the person thought was […]

Judge approves protection of $2M in contractor claims for AnC Bio Vermont

PeakCM, the project’s general contractor, is seeking $2,170,649 for work on the project.

Medical examiner recants some testimony at alleged killer’s trial

The statement was made during hearings regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony in the upcoming retrial of Donald Fell.

Digger Dialogue: Hope on the heroin horizon

In this podcast, Barbara Cimaglio talks about why users are getting hooked faster than can be successfully treated.

Dozens rally in Winooski one week after fatal police shooting

Protesters urged police to release video footage of the shooting.

Vermont Supreme Court justice to retire

Justice John Dooley will retire at the end of his term, which expires in March.

Chinese investors drop suit against Jay Peak developers and state of Vermont

The Weis are reserving their rights to pursue claims in other forums or through the receiver.

SCOV Law Blog: When legal worlds collide

In a custody case, had the Dad testified at the Family Division hearing about what he did that caused criminal charges to be filed, anything he said in that hearing could have later been used against him in his criminal case.

Report links domestic violence to 38 percent of slayings in 2015

Six of the 16 homicides in Vermont last year were related to domestic violence, and such homicides are seen as preventable.

Federal judge in Miami approves Stenger settlement with SEC over EB-5 fraud allegations

Stenger’s settlement resolves the federal case against him.

Uncertainty, concerns follow ruling in Brattleboro Retreat case

Health care providers, state officials and two state Supreme Court justices are worried about the impacts of the case involving an assault by a mental health patient.

Lawyer fights to keep Fell co-defendant’s files secret

The defense in Donald Fell’s death penalty retrial wants the files. But a lawyer who represented the late Robert Lee says release of the files could harm Lee’s reputation.

ACLU, NEFAC call for release of body camera footage in Winooski shooting

Vermont State Police say that Beshaw advanced on Palmier while holding his right hand behind his back, prompting Palmier to fire seven shots. Beshaw was hit six times in the torso and head, and grazed by the seventh bullet. He was pronounced dead on the scene.