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]

President set to sign Leahy-backed criminal justice bill

The Justice for All Reauthorization Act was co-authored by Leahy and Texas Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The law would, among many provisions, help rape victims.

SCOV Law Blog: Felon makes appeal #4 on conviction

A Newfane man was convicted of impeding a public officer — a felony — when he confronted a firefighter responding to a reported brush fire on his property.

Burwell will get trial date in 2017

Editor’s note: This article by Jordan Cuddemi was first published in the Valley News on Nov. 30, 2016. HARTFORD — An Upper Valley man who is suing two Hartford police officers alleging they used excessive force against him in his own home may get his day in court next year, almost seven years after the […]

EB-5 investors seek financial docs on Quiros’ children, business partner

An attorney for the investors says Alex Choi and Ary and Nicole Quiros had business dealings with Jay Construction Management an entity central to the alleged fraud.

U.S. attorney’s office adds civil rights lawyer

The U.S. attorney’s office has hired a new lawyer in its Civil Division to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws in Vermont. Julia Torti, who grew up in Vermont and has been working for a civil rights law firm in New York, is one of 34 civil rights attorneys the U.S. Department of Justice is […]

Jay Peak loses $6.5 million going into ski season

The receiver blamed the shortfall on owner Ariel Quiros who he said “wrongfully diverted millions of dollars.”

Police say missing 1,200-pound steer is stolen goods

The animal disappeared from a New Haven farm without leaving any sign it escaped or simply walked away, according to the farmer. Police are investigating.

Prison policy seen as short-circuiting addiction recovery

Police and social workers are calling for inmates to have better access to treatment medications as a way to end a vicious cycle.

Inmate death in August determined to be of natural causes

The Agency of Human Services is conducting its own reviews, while state police are looking into another death last week of a Vermont prisoner.

Prisoner’s death under investigation at Northwest State

Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a prisoner at Northwest State Correctional Facility. David Bissonnette, 38, died Nov. 22, according to a news release from police. Medical staff at Northwest State examined Bissonnette that morning and determined he needed to go to the hospital. He was first treated at Northwestern Medical Center in […]

School bus tips partway over in Newbury; none seriously hurt

Vermont State Police are investigating a school bus accident in Newbury. Twenty-nine elementary and high school students were on the bus Monday morning when it rolled partly onto its side. Four were taken to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire, for medical evaluation of minor injuries, according to a news release. Police say William Jones […]

Next attorney general says defending rights will be a priority

TJ Donovan says he’s exploring ways to challenge potential changes to federal immigration laws that could affect people living in Vermont.

Medical marijuana, hemp businesses expand in Vermont

In anticipation of legalization, 22 new companies have formed.

Vermont ACLU hopes to send a message on traffic stop profiling

Bennington officers and the department are named for allegedly failing to train officers in proper search techniques.