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Re: “'TV T.J.' Donovan: The Likely Next AG Pushes Criminal Justice Reform

Maybe Mr Donovan can reign in Bennington County State's Attorney Erica Marthage who seems to be all about kicking people when they are down . Perhaps he can show her the error of her vindictive ways .

Normally I wouldn't support such a nakedly ambitious politico but in this case I'll wave my suspicions .
Love the fact that Donovan's favorite group is the Tragically Hip .

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Posted by Rich ard on 09/21/2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Not-So-Rapid Intervention: Plan to Help Addicted Defendants Falls Short

Legalize. Take it out of the courts.

Posted by lorinduckman on 09/09/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Not-So-Rapid Intervention: Plan to Help Addicted Defendants Falls Short

They need to review restorative justice programs as well. Huge money drain, utilizing misdirected grant funds, with little positive impact on recidivism and victim rights. Because they are portrayed as pillars of the community by law enforcement, as though they could do no wrong, they slide under the radar. Oh, and the megalomaniacs that run these programs are free to wreak havoc on volunteers, offenders and staff with little oversight at all. Everyone will continue to turn a blind eye, acting as though these programs are truly progressive and beneficial, but soon the word will be out.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John Powers on 09/08/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

NW State Correctional Facility is in St. Albans Town, not Swanton.

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Posted by Dan Parent on 09/06/2016 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Being a progressive with a libertarian bent, I have sympathy for these parents as I would for anyone who loses a loved one. Just not on board with the idea of going after the drug dealer, any more than I would have supported going after her sons for using illegal drugs. Putting these people in prison wouldn't serve justice or our society as the problem has only gotten worse despite our country having the highest incarceration rate in the world due to drug offenses.

I would like people to take personal responsibility for their choices but have the freedom to make those choices. These men chose to take heroin, a drug that scares the crap out of me and I would never consider doing because it is well known how often it is laced with harmful additives. I strongly support the district attorney's decision and hope this office will continue resisting public pressure to prosecute drug offenses .

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Penelope on 09/02/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Catie - I couldn't agree more. A tragedy I still cannot fathom for my dear Penny and family. So much unending love to you all. -Kristen Toy

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Posted by Kristen Ninneman Toy on 08/31/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

In all the articles written, and the final autopsy concluded, Dennis and Sean's death was caused by FENTANYL INTOXICATION. No other drugs were found in their system. I ask you, the unbiased and biased audience, the drugs sold and given was in fact NOT HEROIN BUT PURE FENTANYL. In the state of VT my understanding is" if you buy heroin, and know it is heroin,and you overdose on that drug, it is all on you." If you buy what you are told is heroin and it IS NOT heroin, that in my opinion, and I believe a law in the state of VT, constitutes murder. I will try to help my sister and our families to move past this unbelievable tragedy, but I will never ever give up on making the person responsible for Dennis and Sean's death, to be held accountable for his part in causing their deaths.

Catie Barnier

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Posted by Catie Barnier on 08/31/2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Dennis and Sean were kind souls. I remember the first time meeting them and thinking "who are these tough guy, heavy metal dudes?", but I couldn't have been more wrong. Over the years of playing softball together, poker games, or nerding out to cell phone gadgetry, I learned how passionate and caring they were. Often it's the people with the biggest hearts that get into using. So tragic...I think of them often. My heart hurts for the family.

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Posted by Jeremy H on 08/31/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Brothers' Keeper: A Mom Wants a Dealer to Pay for Her Sons' Overdose Deaths

Sad story . My sympathies to the Thibaults . It's too bad you didn't discover your sons drug use but unfortunately this is not surprising . Drug users usually hide their habits well especially with their parents and family's.

I am disappointed that it took 7days hundreds of words to put a name , Bobby Robidoux , to the suspected drug dealer selling spiked heroin . Are you afraid of slandering him ?

As for the professor , guns and motorcycles are not illegal . Additionally if either of these products had been altered to vastly increase the potential death of their users , yes you would be responsible for any resulting deaths , You can only shake your head at the Professor Sands of the world where everything is a law school debate .

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 08/31/2016 at 12:10 PM

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