Courts & Corrections

Former Readsboro principal pleads guilty to embezzling

The former principal of the Readsboro Elementary School admitted Monday to embezzling money from grants and was given a deferred sentence plus community service.

Female employees sue state over alleged pay inequity

Judge Helen Toor considers arguments in an equal pay lawsuit filed against the state. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Three Department of Corrections business managers say man was paid more for the same work. But it was his starting pay at another position that’s at issue.

AG urges more access to child protection proceedings

Dave Yacovone (left), commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, and Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, testify before a committee looking into problems at DCF. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

Bill Sorrell says Legislature should consider loosening some of the confidentiality rules that undermine communication in cases of abuse and neglect.

Vermont unlikely to host immigrant children

U.S. Mexican border in between San Diego and Tijuana.

The state lacks the facilities needed to host the large numbers of Central American children being held on the U.S. border, but is willing to help in other ways, governor says.

Mother’s boyfriend pleads not guity in death of third child with ties to DCF

Joshua M. Blow, 26, pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the death of Aiden Haskins, who turned 2 on Feb. 15. He is also ordered not to contact Ashley Stewart, Aiden’s mother. Pool photo by Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press

Joshua M. Blow is accused of second-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Aiden Haskins. Blow lived with Aiden’s mother, Ashley Stewart.

SCOV Law Blog: The bar admission blues

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An applicant with mental health problems is denied admission to the Vermont bar. In the end, though, it was his conduct, not his mental health, that “demonstrates his unfitness to practice law.”

New social workers merely a ‘tourniquet,’ DCF says

DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone addresses advocates at a meeting at the Agency of Human Services Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner Richard Giddings is sitting behind him. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Hiring more caseworkers is the most expensive way to fight child abuse, Commissioner Dave Yacovone says, but right now he needs the help. He says early intervention is long-term solution.

Lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on primacy of reunification policy at DCF

Lynne Klamm, interim director of the Department for Children and Families Rutland office, testifies alongside  DCF Commissioner Dave Yacavone before a joint legislative committee investigating child protection in Vermont on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Statehouse. Photo by Laura Krantz/

At legislative hearing on child protection, DCF officials, police and state’s attorneys testify.

Report details April shooting of suspect by Brattleboro Police

Before Michael Santiago was shot and killed by Brattleboro Police Department Sgt. Mark Carignan, he was described as having a “‘thousand yard stare’ in his eyes and his face was completely emotionless,” according police Sgt. Chad Emery.

Lawmakers not ready to post sex offenders’ addresses online

Sex Offender Registry

At issue is whether an audit of the registry release by Auditor Doug Hoffer is “favorable.” Hoffer says lawmakers must decide and they aren’t ready to make that call.

Gun death report criticized


Report showing that Vermont had more gun-related deaths than highway fatalities in 2011 is a one-time coincidence, gun advocates say.

Accused killer in three-decades-old case pleads not guilty


David Morrison extradited from California to answer charges in murder of Manchester golf pro Sarah Hunter

Administration review of DCF delayed

Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

A Shumlin administration report on reorganizing the beleaguered Department for Children and Families is pushed back to October to allow public input.

SCOV Law Blog: An intent to kill

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

Edward Johnson was never cut out to be a notorious villain or a feared evil mastermind. No, Mr. Johnson was more of a looking-for-life-in-prison type of guy.

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