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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]

SCOV Law Blog: A question of domicile

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-+*This case is about a taxpayer appealing a decision from the Commissioner of Taxes, who held the Taxpayer failed to prove a change of domicile to obtain a homestead property tax adjustment on his Vermont residence.

Gun bill headed to governor’s desk

-+*he Senate has approved the House version of a bill designed to keep guns away from dangerous criminals and people with severe mental illness. The bill, S.141, would make it a crime for people convicted of certain violent or drug-related offenses to possess a firearm, and would require Vermont to report people with mental illness […]

Senate passes ‘revenge porn’ bill

-+*he Senate unanimously approved a bill that establishes criminal penalties for sharing sexually explicit images without the consent of the subject Thursday. H.105 seeks to clamp down on so-called “revenge porn” — when an ex-lover posts intimate photos of a former partner on the Internet as a form of retribution. The images are sometimes accompanied […]

Shumlin bans criminal background question on state job applications

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed an executive order Tuesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

-+*Prosecutors and judges don’t always consider that convictions for minor crimes become a  “scarlet letter,” according to one state’s attorney.

Woman accused of Social Security fraud, abuse, facing more fraud charges

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-+*A woman facing charges alleging that she put her child through numerous invasive and unnecessary medical procedures in order to collect Social Security disability money is now accused of faking her own illness for the same reason and collecting $39,000 in payments.

Gun bill wins final approval after emotional speech

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-+*Rep. Sam Young shares story of mentally ill brother who shot himself as gun possession bill is passed by the House. Proposal must be reconciled with Senate version.

SCOV Law Blog: The technicalities of breath alcohol testing machines

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-+*In these consolidated cases, defendants appeal the trial court’s denial of their motions to suppress breath alcohol test results obtained by the DataMaster DMT machine.

House OKs gun bill after volatile debate

House lawmakers vote on a gun possession bill Thursday at the Statehouse. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

-+*A bill that make it a state crime for felons to possess firearms and require that people with severe mental illness be reported to a no-gun database wins preliminary approval, 79-60.

Gun rights groups cry foul on House Judiciary bill changes

Rep. William Jewett looks over a version of the redistricting map. VTD/Josh Larkin

-+*The committee removed a waiting period for those who lose their right to possess firearms to get them back, but added a stricter standard of proof.

Laws’ release reignites concern about state sex offender statutes, registry

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-+*State law requires sex offender treatment before offenders are released, but the mandate does not apply to a small number who were convicted and imprisoned before the law went into effect.

Court ruling on involuntary treatment could have bearing on gun bill

The entrance to the Vermont Supreme Court at 111 State St., next to the Statehouse. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

-+*A Vermont Supreme Court ruling on involuntary hospitalization could affect a waiting period being considered for previously mentally ill people seeking to recover their right to possess firearms.

Child protection bill set to clear House committee

-+*The House Human Services Committee voted Friday to approve the child protection reform bill. The preliminary vote was 10-0, but the committee is holding the vote open until next week so that the absent member, Rep. Chip Troiano, D-East Hardwick, can cast his vote. Through S.9, the Legislature is trying to make adjustments to the […]

SCOV Law Blog: The rules of trusts

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-+*Lawyers are supposed to maintain special bank accounts, called client trust accounts, as the accounts in which client funds are placed.

House committees prune child protection reform bill

Rep. Ann Pugh (center), D-South Burlington, joins Gov. Peter Shumlin at a series of criminal justice bill signings Tuesday in Montpelier. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

-+*The House Human Services Committee is poised to vote on a bill that no longer includes a crime of failure to protect a child.

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