Courts & Corrections

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Auto parts company denies wrongdoing in sale to employees

Sonnax Industries says there were “no actual economic losses” when its workers bought the company in 2011. Federal regulators allege the company violated the law.

Prosecutor: Man twice has not reported deaths on his property

“The defendant’s residence can fairly be said to be a place where people go and they die,” the prosecutor said of Wayne Oddo. He hasn’t been charged in either death.

Family confronts woman as she admits role in Burlington killing

“We hope you never, ever have to go through the pain we go through — ever,” said a sister of the victim, Amos Beede. The defendant offered a tearful apology.

Developer of Manchester hotel faces fraud charges in Florida

The indictment does not suggest any links to development of the local hotel. The scheme allegedly involved fooling a lender into thinking there were buyers for condos being built in Florida.

Burlington man pleads not guilty to human trafficking allegation

A Burlington man is pleading not guilty to federal charges of human trafficking and possessing a firearm as a felon. Naquan Bowie pleaded not guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court in Burlington Tuesday, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Bowie allegedly forced an individual referred to as “Victim M.P.” to […]

Vermont State Police release 2016 traffic stop data

The data comes as more information is available from other law enforcement agencies across the state on traffic stops.

Plea deal reached in Burlington homeless man killing

Allison Gee, 26, will plead guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault in exchange for her testimony against her co-defendants, who all face second degree murder charges.

SCOV Law Blog: Determining statute of limitations

An appeal questions whether the State is exempt from a six-year limitation for claims arising from damages to state waters due to groundwater contamination from gasoline additives.

UPDATED: Scott names state Supreme Court appointee

The governor chose Vermont Superior Court Judge Karen Russell Carroll to fill the seat that will be vacated by Justice John Dooley at the end of the month.

Judge lets McAllister withdraw from plea deal

McAllister, “under the intense pressure of a plea negotiation taking place in the waning hours” before trial, may not have fully understood the ramifications. A trial will now be scheduled.

Ex-nightclub owner’s lawsuit accuses Rutland police of bias

The suit alleges that officers drove away business by targeting the club’s African-American patrons as suspected drug dealers. The police chief says that wasn’t the case.

Court news service sues Vermont over access to court records

The California-based news service is suing to gain access to newly filed civil suits that under state statute are not made public until weeks or sometimes months after they have been filed.

Panel to determine ex-judge’s sanction over estate dealings

The unprofessional conduct allegations against Paul Kane do not stem from a case he was presiding over, but rather his dealings with a woman’s estate as a private citizen.

Feds list Montpelier as noncompliant on immigration

The federal immigration agency points to the city’s policy on fair and impartial policing, adopted in June. The implications of being on the feds’ list are unclear.