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]

Two Vermonters arrested at border protest

They are facing charges of unlawful trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the port of entry building at the Highgate border crossing.

Rights commission says medical marijuana denial was unjust

Robert Merriam, who was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression, was turned down on two applications for a medical marijuana card.

Injured ex-inmate’s suit against private prison is due for hearing

The suit says Corrections Corporation of America, which housed Vermont prisoners in Kentucky, failed to provide a safe environment. The plaintiff was hurt by a saw.

Agreement would free man early after conviction overturned by Vermont Supreme Court

Justices cited errors made in a 2013 jury trial. Under an agreement, Lamar Scales, who was accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, could be released without supervision.

SCOV Law Blog: Appealing a firing

A state employee was fired after it came to light that he had misbehaved as a juror in the Donald Fell murder trial. The VSEA takes up his case.

House supports changes in sex crime laws

The three bills address lewd conduct, the statute of limitations, and a “bill of rights” for people who have been sexually assaulted.

Insurer says Quiros owes the company, not other way around

The Jay Peak owner is suing the insurer to cover his legal bills in the face of fraud allegations. But the company says Quiros should pay its cost of fighting the coverage request.

Judge: Milton man arrested at Quebec border for sexual assault of 13-year-old girl

On Valentine’s Day, Jacob Burnham picked the girl up from school before driving to the Canadian border.

Auditor: Public safety spending up as crime rates flat

Lawmakers are looking to the report for insights into the state’s public safety spending as they craft the next budget.

State to change, expand its use of St. Johnsbury work camp

One of two dorms there has been vacant for more than a year. Its new use for general population prisoners will free up space elsewhere.

Man seeking freedom during possible molestation retrial

The case has been sent back to Superior Court, where he will get a chance at a reduction in his $100,000 bail. He wants to live at a Rutland homeless shelter.

Vermonters take border diplomacy into their own hands

“Neighbors look after each other, and I really did feel like I treated my neighbor badly,” one resident said of the reason for his visit to a Canadian Muslim who was denied U.S. entry.

Donovan hopes to clear Corren case with smaller fine

One major sticking point to a settlement appears to be how to resolve issues with the public campaign finance law.

26 arrested in Orleans County drug sweep

“We need to send a message that you will not be allowed to just sell heroin and opiates in these communities,” said Maj. Glenn Hall of the Vermont State Police.