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]

Move to disqualify judge delays sentencing for fatal hit-and-run

Christopher Sullivan’s public defender wants Judge Theresa DiMauro removed, arguing that her comments in an earlier hearing indicate she has already prejudged the matter.

Charges filed against two juveniles in Essex school threats

The investigation relied heavily on forensic analysis by the FBI, and the incident is part of a national probe into so-called swatting hoaxes, police said. One of the suspects lives out of state.

Hinesburg police officer at center of excessive force lawsuit resigns

The officer resigned nearly a year after he and another officer responded to a domestic violence call at a couple’s home.

McAllister case on track for July trial, for now

A judge is considering requests for dismissal or at least more time. He is also expected to decide whether evidence from the former state senator’s first sex assault trial can be used.

Alleged Church Street killer going to hospital instead of trial

Forensic psychiatrists concluded that Louis Fortier is not competent to stand trial and likely has schizophrenia. He will receive treatment and could be tried if he recovers.

EB-5 investor: Raymond James $150M settlement ‘grossly inequitable’

While he is getting his money back, Xiong says that he, and other investors like him, will have no opportunity to get a green card.

State fines Vermont slaughterhouse

Animal rights group calls for a probe into alleged ‘deceptive business practices’ at Vermont Packinghouse.  

SCOV Law Blog: Changing a count to fit a statute

In deciding whether or not to uphold a defendant’s convictions, the Supreme Court considers whether his convictions violate the Ex Post Facto Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Sanders lawyered up in federal probe of Burlington College

Former school officials say they have been contacted by attorneys representing Jane Sanders, who as college president orchestrated the land deal that was blamed for sinking the school.

The Deeper Dig: An epidemic evolves

This week’s podcast explores a recent initiative to help high-risk individuals and looks at the effects of the rise of fentanyl.

Bank fraud trial is set

A three-count federal indictment alleges the couple submitted fraudulent mortgage loan and refinancing applications to five financial institutions between 2013 and 2015, totaling $1.06 million.

Marijuana legalization falters in the House

The legislation swiftly passed the Senate, but House lawmakers didn’t agree to suspend parliamentary rules so they could take it up in Wednesday’s brief veto session.

Leahy, Scott recommend Christina Nolan for U.S. attorney

Nolan, an assistant U.S. attorney, is “uniquely familiar with the many challenges brought by our state’s opioid crisis through her focus on heroin prosecutions,” they said.

Pot compromise to come up in veto session, but prospects dim

Neither the governor nor the House minority leader showed any inclination to pressure Republicans to allow a rules suspension that would be needed to push a bill through the planned brief veto session.