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]

ACLU argues against criminal prosecution in KKK fliers case

William Schenk was accused of posting fliers at the home of two Burlington women of color.

VTDigger sues state over EB-5 records

The news organization says the state is using the public records law to shield the EB-5 program from public scrutiny.

Attorneys for Bennington residents confident PFOA suit will move forward

Saint Gobain argues that the state’s minimum level was improperly or unfairly set.

UVM looks at pot’s impact on students

Marijuana use among high school and college students has a lasting impact on memory, concentration and attention, according to a visiting professor.

Marlboro residents, state police work together amid burglary spree

Four burglaries have been reported in the past two weeks, and several cases from the summer remain unsolved.

Herring competency evaluations still pending

Psychiatric evaluations of a woman accused of killing four women, including a social worker, are still underway. Jody Herring is facing one count of first degree murder in the shooting death of state social worker Lara Sobel and three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of her cousins, Rhonda and Regina Herring, and her […]

Wrong-way driving suspect moved to jail

Steven Bourgoin, 36, is charged with five counts of second degree murder in connection with the deaths of five Central Vermont teenagers.

SCOV Law Blog: The differences between simple assault and domestic assault

Charged with domestic assault on a co-resident in a facility, Defendent is convicted of a lesser simple assault charge. He appeals, arguing that simple assault is not a lesser-included offense of domestic assault.

Judge severely restricts Quiros’ legal funds

A “reasonable amount [for the defense] under the circumstances,” the judge said, is $80,000 — a far cry from the $1.5 million Quiros originally sought.

Fell’s defense wants case to be tried outside of Rutland County

The defense says that “pre-judgment of Mr. Fell’s guilt is very high” in Rutland. His attorneys want the case tried out of state.

Victim, alleged shooter named in Wardsboro shooting

No charges are being brought pending the conclusion of the investigation and further review by the Windham County State’s Attorney.

Two charged with fatal Northfield arson faced with life in prison

Federal prosecutors may seek life imprisonment for two central Vermont men accused of arson resulting in death in a Northfield fire last year. A federal grand jury in Burlington handed down an indictment charging Howard Hoisington, 32, of Berlin, and Jonathan Zampieri, 34, of Montpelier, with arson with death resulting, according to an announcement Wednesday […]

Harwood to hold celebration of life for five teens killed in wrong-way crash

A central Vermont community will gather Monday for a celebration of the lives of five teens killed earlier this month in a crash with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 89. Harwood Union High School will host an event to recognize the lives of the five teenagers in a ceremony in the gym. It will be […]

Windham County assistant judge spared charges of contempt

Editor’s note: This article by Robert Audette was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 19, 2016. BELLOWS FALLS — A Windham County assistant judge was spared charges of contempt but has been ordered to vacate the home of Catherine Tolaro, who died in 2014. “The motion for contempt is denied as the court […]