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UVM students raise awareness of sexual assault on campus

UVM students participate in a national Carry That Weight Day march to honor victims of sexual and domestic violence. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Several dozen students marched across the UVM campus Wednesday to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. They carried mattresses, and paused for five minutes of silence in honor of assault survivors.

Gun rights advocate urges boycott of Brattleboro Reformer

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An opponent of changing Vermont’s gun laws has launched an online campaign urging advertisers and readers to boycott the Brattleboro Reformer for its editorial endorsing background checks.

SCOV Law Blog: A subdivision dispute wends its way through the courts

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A landowner wishes to add an apartment to a single-family home in Burlington, as well as subdivide the property into two lots. Predictably, lots of folks get upset about it.

Planned Parenthood applauds new harassment ordinance

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Tuesday applauded the Burlington City Council for strengthening the city’s buffer zone ordinance, but said the new version “only slightly mitigates the problem.” The city had to rework the ordinance, which is meant to protect patients from harassment outside reproductive health centers, after the U.S. Supreme Court in June […]

Melee breaks out at Keene pumpkin fest

Local police, firefighters and ambulances in New Hampshire responded to large crowds of students as the annual Pumpkin Festival is underway near Keene State College Saturday, Oct. 18. Media report several people have been injured in an apparent Saturday afternoon melee. Photo by Seth Meyer

Keene police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department’s police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m.

SCOV Law Blog: Torts, threats and thuggery

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This case helps define how much responsibility a police officer has to protect a specific person when a complaint is made about a potential attacker.

Kranichfeld to return to Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office

Bram Kranichfeld will depart as executive director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriff’s Association at the end of the year. Kranichfeld in January will return to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as chief administrative deputy, he said this week in an email to staff. Kranichfeld was a deputy prosecutor in Chittenden County for six […]

Supreme Court nominee earns praise

Judge Harold Eaton and Superior Court Clerk Teri Scott look over paperwork at the Orange County Court House in Chelsea. The historic courthouse retains an old-fashioned feel, and those who work there like it that way. Photo by  Jennifer Hauck/VTDigger

Judge Harold “Duke” Eaton Jr., appointed by Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday, has the ability to set politics aside in making rulings, legal community says.

Shumlin appoints Windsor judge to Supreme Court

Judge Harold Eaton Jr. will be appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court. Courtesy photo

Windsor Superior Court Judge Harold Eaton Jr. will be appointed to replace Associate Justice Geoffrey Crawford. Senate approval required.

Windham sheriff claims Vernon official tried to interfere with DUI case

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Selectboard Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell vehemently denies that she wanted the sheriff’s department to not arrest Lisa M. McKenney, 47, after a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

Williams challenges Kelly in Washington state’s attorney race

Republican Tom Kelly (left) and Democrat Scott Williams. Stowe Reporter composite photo

Republican Tom Kelly, 60, of Barre City is seeking re-election to the job he’s held since 2007; he’s being challenged by Democrat Scott Williams, 49, of Berlin.

Nonprofit director accused of mismanagement fires back

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Raymona Russell of Emerge Family Advocates says she was unfairly targeted by two board members and Vermont’s Attorney General. She explained her actions in a lengthy email to VTDigger.

SCOV Law Blog: Complying with Rule 11

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A trial court found merit in the State’s violation of probation complaint and revoked petitioner’s probation, sentencing him to the underlying sentence denoted in the plea agreement.

Leahy announces federal grants to support crime victims

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, Thursday announced that five Vermont organizations have been awarded more than $5 million total in federal grants to support victims of crime. The money from the U.S. Department of Justice includes seven grants from the Office of Violence Against Women totaling $3.6 million plus another $1.6 million in grants from the […]

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