ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of her disabled son, who had vodka poured into his feeding tube, has lost an appeal over her manslaughter...
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has heard arguments over whether police can charge a fee to someone that asks to view body camera footage.
State court to hear appeal for woman who killed 4
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state's top court is set to hear an appeal from a Vermont woman sentenced to life without parole for killing a social worker and three relatives she thought played a role in her losing custody of her daughter.
Vermont Supreme Court: state must refund wind developer
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that the state must refund a wind developer all or part of a $100,000 fee now that the Swanton project is on hold.
Vermont Public Radio reports that Swanton Wind had paid the fee required for an environmental review of the project.
Supreme Court: Trooper wrong to seize car in traffic stop
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a state trooper was wrong to seize a man's vehicle after he said he smelled a faint scent of burnt marijuana.
The Vermont American Civil Liberties Union sued the state over the seizure.
Then-21-year-old Greg Zullo of Rutland, who is black, was pulled over in Wallingford in March of 2014. The trooper said snow was covering his registration sticker.
Court strikes down first suit challenging school merger law
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has struck down the first lawsuit challenging the state's authority under Vermont's school merger law.
Ex-senator to be tried for 3rd time on sex assault charge
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will try a former Vermont state senator for the third time on a charge of sexual assault.
Mynbc5.com reports the Vermont Supreme Court overturned Norm McAllister's sexual assault conviction in November.
Vermont Supreme Court overturns $1.5M phantom stock judgment
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has reversed a nearly $1.5 million judgment in a lawsuit involving a man who says an e-commerce company cheated him out of a portion of phantom stock he owned in the business.
Convicted former lawmaker wins new trial
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont state senator convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances has won an appeal for a new trial.
The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of 66-year-old Norman McAllister.
The court said the lower court was wrong to admit inadmissible evidence and instruct the jury during its deliberations to disregard unstricken and admitted testimony.
Vermont Supreme Court nixes lawsuit over school mascot name
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled against South Burlington residents seeking to keep the local high school mascot name in place.
The Vermont Supreme Court to hear cases at high school
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is going on the road to hear cases at the Proctor Junior Senior High School this month.
The school gymnasium will be turned into a courtroom on Oct. 17 for students and teachers to witness. The court will hear oral arguments in four cases.
Each fall the state's Supreme Court goes on the road for a day.
Vermont Supreme Court upholds revenge porn law
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a law making it a crime to share nude or sexual images of individuals without their knowledge or consent.
The court's Friday decision said so-called "revenge porn" is excluded from free speech law because it aims to harass or humiliate victims.
Vermont top court: Shooting range exempt from land review
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says a Charlotte shooting range is exempt from the state's land-use review process because it is not a commercial enterprise.
Vermont Supreme Court reviews ‘Rebel’ mascot case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a case over a school board's decision to replace the school's long-held "Rebels" mascot.
BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to hear from people who are fishing on a pond also used as a water source for Montpelier.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont state senator convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances is asking the Vermont Supreme Court to grant him a new trial.
BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — A newly constructed boating access that will allow non-motorized use of Vermont's Berlin Pond is ready for people willing to carry their kayaks and canoes the short distance to the water.
The Times Argus reports the grassy area will provide parking surface for up to eight vehicles near the outlet at the northern end of the pond.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is heading into its second century in its home in Montpelier, next door to the Statehouse.
A centennial celebration was held Friday outside the building, which opened May 7, 1918.
The Times Argus reports Chief Justice Paul Reiber said the event was to "re-consecrate this building to another century of service to Vermont."
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont's domestic terrorism bill (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott says he is likely to sign a bill that would make it a crime if anyone takes "substantial steps" to threaten to kill or kidnap groups of people.
The domestic terrorism bill was given final approval Monday.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has overturned a man's conviction for distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers to two minority women in Burlington.
William Schenk had pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge that he gave the fliers to a black woman and a Hispanic woman in Burlington in October of 2015. He was sentenced to 120 days in prison.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont teen accused of plotting a shooting with mass casualties at his former high school in a case that led to the first significant limits on gun ownership in Vermont was released Friday into the custody of his father.
Jack Sawyer, 18, was released on conditions after posting $10,000 bail. The state's defender general said he was being placed in a treatment facility on Friday, but would not say where.
FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — Fair Haven Union High School officials are assuring the community that they've taken every precaution to prepare for the possible release of a former student accused of threatening a mass shooting at the school.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has told a state utility board to reinvestigate a rate case involving tens of millions of dollars in cost overruns for a natural gas pipeline.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A judge is now open to considering a request to dismiss charges — including attempted aggravated murder — against a Vermont teen accused of planning to shoot up his former high school.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a teenager accused of planning a shooting at his former high school should not be kept in jail pending his trial.
The state's top court ruled on Wednesday that there's not enough evidence to show 18-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, attempted a crime, only that he prepared to commit one.
The decision reverses a lower-court order that Sawyer be held without bail.
Lawsuit over school mascot heads to state Supreme Court
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A lawsuit against the South Burlington School District over the high school's mascot name change is heading to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Vermont Supreme Court dismisses plea in fatal crash
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court dismissed a plea in the case of a woman charged in a crash that killed a couple in North Troy in 2012 because she was never asked in court if she admitted to the facts of the charges.
Alexis Gabree pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges of grossly negligent operation with death resulting in the crash that killed Edmund and Margaret Moran. She was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison as part of the plea deal.
Vermont Supreme Court vacates man’s convictions
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has vacated a man's 16 burglary convictions because of the wording involved in a plea change.
The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2vMGMH0 ) 31-year-old Anthony Bridger, of Rutland, pleaded guilty to multiple burglary charges in a 2010 plea agreement. Bridger later appealed the convictions, saying he never admitted to any facts of the charges when undergoing questioning by a judge.
Court reinstates murder charges in elderly woman’s death
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has reinstated a first degree murder charge against one of three men alleged to have been involved in the 2010 killing of an elderly Sheffield woman in her home.
The court's Friday ruling reversed a lower court decision that found prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to justify the murder charge against 37-year-old Keith Baird.
Ex-lawmaker denied new trial
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A judge has denied a request for a new trial or acquittal for a former Vermont lawmaker convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances.
Town attorney urges board to reject solar project settlement
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town attorney is urging Bennington's Select Board to reject a settlement offer made by the developers of a solar project for the Apple Hill area of town.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A former Rutland city attorney has been sentenced again to four to 10 years in a drunken driving hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old woman.
Christopher Sullivan had appealed his original sentence after being convicted in 2015. Authorities say Sullivan was drunk when he struck Mary Jane Outslay, of Mendon, with his vehicle in April 2013. He was disbarred following the conviction.
Fatal shooting case moves forward in Vermont
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont judge presiding over a murder case has ordered lawyers to determine what evidence should be admissible.
State Supreme Court rules on gun club noise dispute
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court ruled recently on a long-running noise dispute between the Town of Williston and the North Country Sportsman's Club in a decision the gun club characterized as a victory.
In a statement, gun club President Bob Otty said the ruling affirmed state law protecting existing shooting ranges from "regulatory overreach" by municipalities. The town issued two citations to the gun club for noise ordinance violations in 2015, prompting the club to sue.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a ban prohibiting a former assistant judge from holding a judicial office for life.
The former Windham County side judge, Paul Kane, was reprimanded by the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board this spring for misusing the finances of his uncle's second wife. Kane had control over her finances after he was granted power of attorney in 2010. She died in 2014.
LYNDON, Vt. (AP) — It was 20 years ago that the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Brigham vs. State of Vermont case, and the way public education was funded in Vermont was forever changed.
Act 60, known as "The Equal Educational Opportunity Act," was made law just four months after the Supreme Court ruling, and aimed to make education spending across the state fair regardless of a district's property wealth.
New Vermont Supreme Court justice officially on the job
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's newest Supreme Court justice is now officially on the job.
State Superior Court Judge Karen Carroll took the oath from Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday to become Vermont's 134th high-court justice.
WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/2oKs9eZ ) reports Carroll began hearing cases prior to Wednesday, but the swearing in ceremony makes her role on the bench permanent.
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Longtime residents of a Vermont lakeside gathered together to say goodbye to their homes, now being crushed by excavators. The demolitions followed a court decision to revoke the lease of the local homeowner's association, due to their failure to repair damages following 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.
Developer to appeal biomass decision to state court
FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A developer is appealing to the Vermont Supreme Court after his biomass project hit a snag.
The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2nLEAdt) Ted Verrill, owner of Pequot Energy in Connecticut, has filed notice he's appealing the Public Service Board's rejection of a power purchase agreement that would have supported the Fair Haven Generation project.
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — The state's top court is considering whether the distribution of Ku Klux Klan fliers is protected speech.
The five-justice Vermont Supreme Court met in a packed Vermont Law School lecture hall on Wednesday to hear the appeal case of William Schenk, a North Carolina man who left KKK recruitment fliers at the homes of two minority women in Burlington last year.
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is set to take a field trip to the Vermont Law School.
The court will gather Wednesday to decide six cases. A North Carolina man convicted of disorderly conduct for distributing Klu Klux Klan fliers will have his appeal considered. The court will ask whether his actions are protected speech and if the state disorderly conduct laws can be applied.
Supreme court says buildings have a right to be ugly
MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court says buildings are allowed to be ugly.
The court makes the ruling in response to a pair of challenges to planned solar power developments. Nearby landowners sued, making the contention that the developments would be ugly and hurt property values.
Supreme Court: Outgoing governor may not pick new justice
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has blocked outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's effort to pick a successor for a Supreme Court justice who is retiring months after Shumlin leaves office.
The court ruled Wednesday, after hearing the case on Tuesday.
Vermont Supreme Court considering who can fill vacancy
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over who should make the nomination for an upcoming vacancy on the court: Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who leaves office Thursday, or his Republican successor Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.
Vermont Supreme Court to ponder high court vacancy
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is going to be hearing arguments about whether the outgoing governor should be allowed to appointment a replacement for a high court justice who hasn't yet left the bench.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat who leaves office Thursday, wants to fill a vacancy that will be created by the upcoming retirement of Associate Justice John Dooley.
Dooley announced in September he did not plan to seek re-appointment in March.
Court blocks outgoing governor from picking new court member
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court is blocking outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin from picking a successor for a court member who retires in March — at least until a Jan. 3 hearing on the matter.
Shumlin, who leaves office Jan. 5, was expected to announce an appointment before the new year. Republicans want GOP Gov.-elect Phil Scott to make the pick.
Juror whose conduct upset death penalty case loses state job
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld the firing of a state Transportation Agency official whom the state Supreme Court accused of "serious misconduct" as a juror in a death-penalty trial.
The high court on Friday ruled John Lepore's dismissal as an environmental biologist with the state agency was proper.
Vermont Supreme Court rules against Quechee development
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed mixed-use development off Interstate 89 in Quechee does not comply with a regional plan.
The project has been proposed by Scott Milne, a Pomfret businessman who is running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican against Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy.
Vermont Supreme Court rejects appeal in teacher killing
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a man serving a life sentence in the kidnapping and killing of a St. Johnsbury Academy teacher in 2012.
Allen Prue and his wife, Patricia, were convicted of killing Melissa Jenkins after luring her with a ruse about a broken-down vehicle.
Vermont justices: Firm needs Act 250 permit to crush stone
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a Graniteville-based firm must get an Act 250 land-use permit before continuing with its stone crushing operations.
North East Materials Group had argued that the property was used for granite processing before Act 250's enactment in 1970. It said — and a lower court twice had agreed — that it was grandfathered into not needing an Act 250 permit.