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]

Justice’s swearing-in marks both personal, historic milestones

The high court is now majority-female, although new Justice Karen Russell Carroll suggested what matters more is her trial court experience.

Weinberger, law enforcement back criminal statute on fentanyl

“We don’t need further study to know fentanyl is dangerous,” the mayor said, urging lawmakers to act. But some see issues with the proposed fentanyl-specific statute.

Brattleboro Retreat seeks dismissal of siblings as claimants in wrongful death lawsuit

(This story by Bob Audette was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on April 26, 2017.) RATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Retreat is asking a federal judge to dismiss from a wrongful death lawsuit two siblings of a teenager who died from injuries she sustained following a suicide attempt while at the mental health facility. The Retreat’s […]

Quiros takes new approach in EB-5 case: Cooperate

A new lawyer says her client’s past team had a “contentious” approach, which she said has “not served Mr. Quiros well so far.”

Vermont ends delay on public release of lawsuit documents

The change comes after Courthouse News Service sued the state, arguing that its timetable for public disclosure amounted to an unconstitutional denial of access.

Judge weighs scope of state obligation on public records

The issue is whether providing a school-by-school breakdown on bullying, hazing and harassment would require “creating” a document from Education Agency databases.

Prosecutors: South Burlington student admitted sending threat

The government argues Josiah Leach should be kept in jail because, if released, “it is reasonable to believe that, based on his prior behavior, (Leach) would again resort to threats.”

Former assistant judge suspended, publicly reprimanded

Former Windham County assistant judge Paul Kane is prohibited from judicial office for violation of professional codes of conduct over actions he took when he had power of attorney for Katherine Tolaro.

Document: Mix of drugs led to Fair Haven woman’s death

Alexandra Rooker, whose body was found at a Poultney man’s home in March, died accidentally as a result of substance abuse, according to her death certificate.

UPDATED: Arrest made in South Burlington threat case

Threats via email and social media have targeted five teachers and 11 students. Police say they have received numerous tips and are seeking information from the public.

Senate OKs marijuana legalization amendment

The amendment, which passed on a vote of 21 to 9, would create a taxed and regulated system for marijuana sales.

SCOV Law: Defendant argues delay in bringing charges violates due process

A sexual assault investigation by the Department for Children and Families and turned over to a state’s attorney was not reactivated until the alleged victim’s mother inquired about its status three years later.

Court OKs proposed $150M settlement with Raymond James

Miami federal court Judge Darrin Gayles gave preliminary approval to the settlement. If no one objects to the terms, the agreement will move forward.

Senate approves racial justice oversight board bill

“This is not aimed at law enforcement alone, but recognizes issues present in the entire system,” said Sen. Jeanette White. The House addressed similar concerns via two other bills.