Courts & Corrections

Panels air marijuana legalization issues

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

The 2015 legislature is likely to revisit marijuana legalization. Lawmakers from all parties spoke about related issues at an event Wednesday night in Burlington.

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.

Townshend woman pleads not guilty in double shooting

Robin O'Neill appears in Windham Superior Court on Thursday afternoon after being cited with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Steven Lott, 60, and Jamis Lott, 28. Photo by Kayla Rice/Brattleboro Reformer

Robin O’Neill of Townshend pleads not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Steven Lott and his son, Jamis Lott.

SCOV Law Blog: Domicile detention denied

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A man charged with first-degree murder filed a motion for home confinement, proposing that he live at home and work on his 140-acre family farm. The trial court wasn’t sure that was such a hot idea.

Marijuana legalization foes organize for Vermont debate

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

A Vermont group opposed to legalizing marijuana has joined forces with a national organization, in preparation for an expected debate in the pending legislative session.

Woman to be charged in Townshend double homicide

Editor’s note: This article is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Nov. 20, 2014. TOWNSHEND — A 62-year-old town lister was due in court Thursday to face charges related to the slaying of two men in Townshend. Robin O’Neill was to be arraigned in Windham Superior Court in connection with shooting […]

Police investigating double homicide in Townshend

Editor’s note: This article is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it first appeared Nov. 19, 2014. TOWNSHEND — Police officials on Wednesday morning were investigating a double homicide that occurred late Tuesday night in Townshend. According to a news release from the Vermont State Police, at just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday, troopers responded […]

Bushnell: Former judge explores Newbury’s mystery of Orville Gibson

As a young lawyer, retired Vermont Superior Court Judge Stephen Martin helped successfully defend a man accused of killing Newbury farmer Orville Gibson. Martin has just published a book in which he details how he really thinks Gibson died. Photo by Mark Bushnell

Former Vermont Superior Court Judge Stephen Martin is out to remove a historical dark mark on the reputation of Newbury.

Shipping only male inmates out-of-state unconstitutional, judge rules

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.

A Vermont judge says the state’s practice of exporting male but not female inmates to out-of-state prisons denies them equal family visitation opportunity.

SCOV Law Blog: A question of character

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

The rule says that if a Vermont attorney is disciplined in another jurisdiction, that attorney will receive the same discipline here.

Father of Dezirae Sheldon sues state

Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

Willis Sheldon files civil suit against the state, the Department for Children and Families and a social worker over the death of his daughter, who was under state supervision. The new husband of Dezirae’s mother is accused of killing the child.

Lawmakers briefed on RAND marijuana study

Beau Kilmer (right), co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding brief lawmakers Wednesday on the RAND study of marijuana legalization in Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

In January, the legislature will receive a report on the implications of legalizing marijuana. On Wednesday, lawmakers got an interim briefing from a lead researcher. He promised a “near book-length treatise” touching on all aspects of the issue.

Attorneys wrangle over release of records in case involving autistic boy

Nathan Reilly. Photo provided to Bennington Banner

The school district being sued over the alleged mistreatment of a student with autism wants to keep some of the boy’s records out of the public eye, a move his attorney said has little to do with the case itself.

Public information officer departs state police

State police public information officer Stephanie Brackin will leave her job November 14 to take a different position in state government. Brackin, formerly Stephanie Dasaro, will be an “internet website specialist” with a different agency, according to a state police news release sent Friday just before 5 p.m. Police have not hired a replacement and […]

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