As it’s currently written, Proposal 1 seeks to establish qualifications for Vermont sheriffs, following a series of scandals during the past year.
A law enforcement officer with a Brady letter is one whom prosecutors allege has credibility issues that could affect the outcome of the criminal cases they’ve investigated. Franklin County Sheriff John Grismore’s Brady letter is related to a misdemeanor charge he is facing.
Key state senators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would establish qualifications for sheriffs, on top of a bill that could get rid of sheriffs’ administrative fee for contract work their departments undertake.
In some cases, the bonuses exceeded the employees’ annual salaries, according to data released by the state auditor’s office.
Vermont authorities are investigating the death of a 76-year-old woman found lifeless outside her home on Saturday, according to a press release.
The state’s top court officials met with members of the public in Bennington last week during the third of a series of forums aimed at promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the Vermont judiciary.
The case, filed in state court on Tuesday, alleges that Bennington police violated the constitutional rights of town resident John Chinnici after they wrongly charged him with robbing two convenience store employees in 2016.
A bill introduced on Tuesday would eliminate the decades-old policy that allows sheriffs to take administration fees for their department’s contract work. It would also add to a list of unprofessional conduct definitions for law enforcement officers, which guides the Vermont Criminal Justice Council in evaluating police.
Misch, a self-described white nationalist in Bennington, is reasserting that Vermont’s ban on high-capacity firearm magazines violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The project, funded by an $11 million federal grant, is entering its third year just as other water systems are laying the groundwork for similar efforts.