Courts & Corrections

Gun storage measure emerges with option for third-party holding

Chairman Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee discuss a fee bill that contains a measure on gun storage. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Temporary calm reached in messy addition to a fee bill designed to house the guns of people ordered not to have them under relief from abuse orders.

Police say state employee embezzled $75,000 in state funds

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the arrest of a state employee charged with embezzlement at a news conference Friday, April 18, in Montpelier. Joining him were Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn (left) and Jim Reardon, finance and management commissioner. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

So far investigators have uncovered 19 incidents in 2013 and 2014 in which Peduzzi, a claims investigator who worked in the risk management office of the Agency of Administration, allegedly wrote state checks to buy cars, boats, guitars and jewelry.

SCOV Law Blog: A back-to-the-land dream goes sour

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

Today’s case is not simply an idyllic metaphor about trying — and failing — to live a charmed life in rural Vermont. It’s about custody and property.

Study of marijuana’s revenue potential revived

Creative Commons photo

Rebuffed by House Speaker Shap Smith in their attempt to study the regulatory and tax effects of legalizing pot, lawmakers slip the notion into a bill on dispensaries.

Senate panel scraps bill to curb powers of part-time police

Vermont State Police cruiser

Instead of creating a multi-layered system of police authority and training, committee calls for a report detailing how such a plan would work.

Hospitals, victims’ fund forge temporary fix for rising rape exam costs

Judy Rex, executive director of the Center for Crime Victim Services, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At right is Sen. Alice Nitka, D-Windsor, and at left is Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Groups find short-term solution to lack of funding for increased cost of rape exams, will look for long-term answer.

Treatment providers worry rapid intervention bill will flood their programs

Andy Pallito, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, left, and Bobby Sands, senior policy advisor for the Department of Public Safety, talk with lawmakers on Jan. 9, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

Bill’s chief proponent says it will merely accelerate the placement into treatment of those who need services, reaching them at a time when they are more likely to be successful.

Flynn gives ultimatum; representatives remove PTSD language from medical marijuana bill

Keith Flynn, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Photo by Anne Galloway

Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn sways votes by threatening to stop administering the program if lawmakers allowed people with post-traumatic stress disorder to receive medicinal pot.

SCOV Law Blog: Commonsense says reading co-workers’ email is wrong

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

Plaintiff was the waterfront manager of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Burlington, and as such, was in charge of overseeing the daily operations of the city-owned Boathouse on the Burlington waterfront.

Firearms storage language in fee bill riles Sen. Sears

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

“How the hell did the thing pass the House? That’s my question. Seriously,” Judiciary Chairman Sen. Dick Sears exclaimed Thursday.

Bill limiting the power of part-time police meets resistance

A Vermont State Police trooper makes a traffic stop.

Law enforcement groups speak out against proposal that would create a three-tiered system of police authority.

Details of Leicester shootout released

Editor’s note: This article is by Zach Despart of the Addison Independent, in which it first appeared April 7, 2014. LEICESTER — A Vermont State Police affidavit filed in Addison County Superior Court Monday detailed the shootout early Sunday morning between police and a Leicester man that left two troopers wounded. Police said Timothy Foley, […]

Vermont spends more than $250,000 on Taser settlements, ACLU finds

Sgt. Hugh O'Donnell, a state trooper and taser instructor for the state police, discusses the basic of taser use and training at a Montpelier public forum on March 11, 2013. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

The state has paid at least $269,500 in settlements since 2004 in seven lawsuits alleging that police used Tasers inappropriately.

UPDATE: Leicester man to be arraigned in shooting of neighbor, two state troopers

Timothy Foley, a suspect in the shooting of three men, including two Vermont State Troopers. Vermont State Police photo

Editor’s note: This article is by Lee J. Kahrs and John S. McCright of the Addison Independent, in which it was first published April 7, 2014. LEICESTER — A Leicester man will be arraigned on attempted murder charges today after police allege that he went into his neighbor’s house and shot him in the head […]

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Gun storage measure emerges with option for third-party holding"