The department of state’s attorneys wants $10.9 million, and the Vermont Defender General Office is asking for $4.6 million to handle costs associated with reopening the court system after the pandemic.
Sen. Becca Balint will be sworn in Jan. 6 as the 82nd Senate president pro tempore, the first woman and the first openly gay person to hold the position in Vermont’s history.
Lists, letters and emails obtained through public records requests show gaps in a system for finding allegations against law enforcement members. The allegations have raised issues about lying, cheating and stealing. In some cases, officers were fired.
Rose Kennedy, the county’s state’s attorney, has recused herself from reviewing last week’s officer-involved shooting in Rutland City, calls for larger conversation on how such cases are handled.
The Vermont Supreme Court has extended its judicial emergency order, but is lifting its restrictions on non-emergency court hearings.
The committee chairman called for removing it from a package of legislation seeking changes to the Vermont court system in response to COVID-19.
Judge Cortland Corsones said that if Leonard Forte does not call in to the conference next week, he could face a warrant for his arrest.
Documents sent to state’s attorneys ahead of a Monday press conference describe new procedures to respond to threats that may not be criminal.
The commission, still at odds on a few issues, will send its recommendations to the governor early next week.
Ferron Wambold says she attempted to file a grievance July 11, but the department refused to process it and then fired her eight days later.
The head of the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union called the response “unfortunate,” and said he hoped candidates would reconsider their approach.
This development comes as Vermont is set to legalize on July 1 the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana by people 21 or older.
On this week’s podcast, Vermont Law School’s Robert Sand and VTDigger’s Alan Keays describe how the Sawyer case could lead to major changes in the state’s legal standards.
Judiciary committees in both the House and Senate began taking testimony on revising state law addressing what constitutes an “attempt” to commit a crime, following the state Supreme Court ruling that existing law doesn’t apply to Jack Sawyer.