Courts & Corrections

Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin to step down next month

Vermont’s top federal prosecutor announced Friday that he will step down next month. U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin submitted a resignation letter to the Obama administration and will step down Jan. 12. His top deputy, Eugenia Cowles, will become acting U.S. attorney. Cowles will be the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Vermont. Coffin, […]

SCOV Law Blog: Partition problem

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Janet and Paul met in 2002, fell in love, and decided to buy a house. Paul and Janet split up in 2009 and Paul moved out. You probably see where this is going.

State plans to bring some inmates back from Kentucky prison

Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

Because of a drop in pre-trial detainees and the opening of a new transitional housing unit, the state expects to return 46 inmates from a for-profit prison in Kentucky. Vermont has been under pressure from advocacy groups to stop sending inmates out of state.

Allen Prue gets 50 years to life in killing of Melissa Jenkins

Allen Prue is led into court by Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff James Hemond on  Wednesday.











Allen Prue is led into court by Caledonia County Deputy Sheriff James Hemond Wednesday. Photo by Michael Beniash/The Caledonian Record

This article is by Todd Wellington of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Dec. 18, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — Allen Prue maintained his innocence to the end insisting one last, desperate time during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday that it was his wife, Patricia Prue, who had single-handedly kidnapped and murdered Melissa […]

Second accused killer of Melissa Jenkins wants life sentence

Patricia Prue. Caledonian Record photo

This article is by Todd Wellington of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published Dec. 16, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — Patricia Prue wants to plead guilty to murdering Melissa Jenkins in exchange for a life prison sentence but a judge wants her to undergo a competency evaluation first. Prue, who is scheduled to […]

Kenyon: A model Vermont prisoner

John Perry, who retired last year as director of planning for the Vermont Department of Corrections, said sending hard-core drug addicts directly to treatment instead of prison could save the state’s taxpayers roughly $4 million a year. StockXchng illustration.

At 19, Sam Ramsey is one of Vermont’s youngest prison inmates. Still, he is more typical of the people that Vermont locks up: He struggles with some form of mental illness.

SCOV Law Blog: A question of possession

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Plaintiffs claimed they’d adversely possessed “several strips of land adjacent to their property: a triangular area used for parking, a small grassy knoll, and a narrow strip of land on the eastern side of the roadway leading to plaintiffs’ house.”

SCOV Law Blog: Not cruel, not unusual

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Petitioner broke into his ex-girlfriend’s hotel room and attacked her and her boyfriend with a hammer before attempting to drag the ex to a van with the intent to restrain her inside and set the van aflame.

Chief administrative judge Amy Davenport to retire

Amy Davenport will retire at the end of this year as Vermont’s chief administrative judge. The Vermont Supreme Court has named Barre judge Brian Grearson to succeed her when she retires on December 31 after 24 years on the bench. The chief administrative judge oversees the state’s civil, criminal, probate, environmental and family courts and […]

Advocates identify ways to reduce Vermont’s inmate population

Suzi Wizowaty, executive director of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, speaks at Wednesday's news conference. Behind her is Sha’an Mouliert, whose son is in a Kentucky prison. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Inmate advocacy groups say Vermont could end its reliance on for-profit prisons by reducing the inmate population. At a news conference, affected individuals described the burdens of serving time out-of-state.

Vermonters warned of rental scams on Craigslist

The attorney general and the Vermont Realtors association are warning consumers about a persistent rental property scam promoted through Craigslist. The scam often involves the copying of real estate property sale listings that are made to appear as rental opportunities, AG Bill Sorrell said in a news release. Scammers may also create completely fake listings. […]

AG convicts two contractors of home improvement fraud

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday it has won two convictions of contractors on fraud charges related to home improvement and has five other cases pending. AG Bill Sorrell said in a news release that it won Superior Court convictions against Robb Brunelle of Richmond and Donald Richards of Milton under the state’s Home […]

Distance makes oversight hard, prisoners’ rights attorney says

Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

Defender General’s office says it has little relationship with private prison contractor because of distance.

SCOV Law Blog: Water woes

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Newport brings suit after Derby Center added a service fee to Newport’s water bill. The SCOV scrutinizes the contract.

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