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]

Prison Hostage situation resolved without injury

Inmate Matthew Hinton allegedly used a three-foot-long broken section of a broom handle to take another prisoner hostage.

Investigators probe mystery of young Korean woman’s suicide

Experts say it is very unusual for someone to come to Vermont with the explicit intention of taking their own life.

SCOV Law Blog: In the eye of the beholder

A lower court grants summary judgement to a solar company in a suit brought by landowners over the installation of solar arrays near their homes. The landowners appeal, arguing the solar arrays took away from the local rural aesthetic, thus lowering their property values.

School sexual misconduct cases lead to scrutiny of legal loopholes

Sen. Dick Sears said he found it alarming that teachers charged with sexual misconduct could move from school to another.

Homicide rattles Arlington residents

Police tried to allay fears but also stressed that they could not release many details of the active investigation.

Father of deceased toddler settles with state for $500,000

Dezirae Sheldon died in 2014 shortly after the Department for Children and Families returned the girl to her mother’s custody. Dezirae’s stepfather is accused of second-degree murder.

Deputy to become Chittenden County state’s attorney

Sarah George, a deputy state’s attorney since 2011, will take over for TJ Donovan, who was elected attorney general in November.

Arlington church will host Q & A with police in wake of homicide

Police will be available to give advice, but will not be taking questions about the ongoing homicide investigation.

Lawsuit reveals intricacies of GAW Miners bitcoin scheme

Investors who had been suing Joshua Garza and Stuart Fraser in what has been called a bitcoin Ponzi scheme have dismissed Garza from their suit after “conversations” with him. A flurry of motions has ensued and a federal SEC case is pending.

Ashe argues for starting with ‘achievable’ ethics commission

The Senate president said it made more sense to set up a smaller system than what Secretary of State Jim Condos proposed, then expand its scope if needed.

Nominating Board reopening applications for high court seat

Gov. Phil Scott’s counsel said Scott hasn’t looked at the list of finalists the board had prepared for his predecessor but wanted to start the process again because of the unusual circumstances.

‘Grenon Group’ offers fixes for mental health crisis response

They include improving police training, increasing funding for mental health services providers and establishing a commission to review police use of force. The goal is to avoid another death like Ralph “Phil” Grenon’s.

Receiver seeks to refund nearly $18M to AnC Bio investors

The move could enable about 35 investors to look for another EB-5 project in hopes of still getting a green card, the motion says. More than 100 other investors wouldn’t be affected.

AG won’t file charges against Hartford deputy chief

The Attorney General’s Office says there is probable cause for them to believe that Maj. Leonard Roberts physically assaulted his estranged wife, but not enough evidence for a jury conviction. The officer remains on administrative leave while the Hartford Police Department completes its investigation.