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]

Burlington police officer cleared in shooting now faces domestic assault charge

A Burlington police officer who was cleared in shooting now faces an unrelated domestic assault charge.

Herring case raises cellphone privacy concerns

Prosecution attempt to obtain the cellphone records of accused killer Jody Herring revives debate over Vermont laws on electronic privacy.

Police: 9-year-old accidentally shot by father

A 9-year-old girl is being treated for a gunshot wound after she was accidentally shot by her father, police say. According to Vermont State Police, Randy Babcock was cleaning his .22 caliber handgun at a family camp in Ira on Sunday when the gun accidentally fired, striking his daughter, McKenzie Ezzo, in the stomach. Ezzo’s […]

VSEA wins concessions for PSAP workers at stations set to close early

The state employees union has secured concessions for workers at two emergency call centers that the Department of Public Safety chose to close early, according to a memo obtained by VTDigger. State officials said the Rutland and Derby public safety answering points, or PSAPs, will– close next week because they don’t have adequate staff to […]

Jury duty scam calls continue in Chittenden County

The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department says it has has received more than 30 complaints of a phone scam involving jury duty. The callers inform residents that they have missed jury duty and an arrest warrant will be issued unless they pay $978.98 through a wire transfer or a prepaid credit card. Crystal Baldwin, an employee […]

SCOV Law Blog: Court wrestles with mental health issue

The Vermont Supreme Court overrules a court order of non-hospitalization in an appeal brought by a man diagnosed with schizophrenia.

First phase of investigation of Sorrell complete

Tom Little, acting special legal counsel to the investigation, is now seeking additional requests for information.

Herring pleads not guilty to new murder charges

Jody Herring, the suspect in the killing of state social worker Lara Sobel, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three more charges related to the slayings of three family members.

Greensboro shooting suspect turns himself in

A 30-year-old Bend resident has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Lou Ron Schneider.

Parents with disabilities facing new challenges

Advocates say new state child protection rules could have a profound effect on the parental rights of Vermonters with disabilities. They are calling for accommodations that would allow families to stay together.

Jody Herring’s lawyer says state violated her due process rights

David Sleigh, the defense attorney handling Herring’s case for the Defender General’s Office, says officials interrogated her on Aug. 8 despite her requests to speak to an attorney and may need to throw out the evidence they obtained.

UPDATED: Herring charged with aggravated murder in shooting deaths of three relatives, had a ‘hit list’ for relatives

The gun used in the shooting was owned by Henry Premont, a former boyfriend. Premont said Herring had a “hit list” that included a number of relatives including Rhonda and Regina Herring, Jody’s mother, Jenella Herring, and her husband Ken, and possibly her brother Dwayne.

SCOV Law Blog: An automatic rent increase is challenged

A lease established on a commercial property in Brattleboro set out how rent would increase annually. New tenants assumed the lease, but five years later objected to both the amount and the way rent had been calculated.

St. Johnsbury man arrested for posting online threats to DCF

Since the shooting death of Lara Sobel, a Department of Children and Families social worker, officials have publicly decried messages that attack or threaten state workers.

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