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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Crime

Re: “Case Dismissed: Echoes of National Police Issues in a Vermont Courtroom

That should assuage Rainville's White Guilt except he put the Public in danger once again as I agree wholeheartedly with Carolyn Hanson's argument as well. If there is a THIRD impaired driving event with this young man and someone is injured the next time I wonder if Rainville will suffer another feeling of guilt?

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Posted by JimM on 08/16/2016 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Case Dismissed: Echoes of National Police Issues in a Vermont Courtroom

This decision seems to reinforce the need for people of color to be "well behaved" in situations involving police when the real national issue is the behavior of police in these interactions. While Louard benefits from a decision that looks compassionate on the surface, it may send the message that subservience is rewarded.

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Posted by Paul Fixx on 08/14/2016 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Case Dismissed: Echoes of National Police Issues in a Vermont Courtroom

I have to wonder--did the police officer follow the car for some period of time to confirm erratic driving? If so, the false tip played little to no role in the stop. Also the article states this is the defendant's second time before the court for driving under the influence, there is a public safety issue that is being ignored here. Lastly, the driver also was smoking marijuana, a fact that makes his impairment greater than the .09 reading from the test since that test only measures his degree of alcohol impairment.

If the revenge tip did in fact provide the only basis for the stop, that had already been taken into account by the prosecutor in offering a more lenient plea than she would normally have offered. For the judge to simply throw the case out shows bad judgment and sets a bad example. Would we want a juror who decides to allow sympathy or prejudice to sway his or her decision and disregard the law? Would we want a police officer? Judges too must follow the law that they are sworn to uphold. Judge Rainville's desire to show mercy and kindness is a nice impulse, but perhaps our justice system would be better served if he exercised it through volunteer work in the community.

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Posted by Carolyn Hanson on 08/14/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Case Dismissed: Echoes of National Police Issues in a Vermont Courtroom

Way to go Judge!

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Posted by ronj1955 on 08/10/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Vermont Cops Target 'Facilitators' Who Let Dealers Use Their Homes

It seems nuts to be going after junkies unless you believe that they " may be harder to replace in the supply chain than the dealers who work with them " . Funding effective drug treatment plans is a good idea but ignoring the key cog in drug distribution because , they are just poor druggies , is foolish . Unless society decides to decriminalize drugs , these " facilitators " must be criminally charged . Food article and good busts

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Posted by Rich ard on 08/04/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Cops' Feet on the Street Making a Difference in the Old North End

Another accurate comic strip, thank you thank you Seven Days! Other than the manager of the Shopping Bag, all the white guys depicted in the strip (five total) are drinkers or miscreant loiterers; the one black guy in the strip: a handsome cop. Yup, that's crackerville in northern Vermont and that is a spot-on rendition! We need more handsome black men up here to rid us of us! I hate me! Again, kudos to Seven Days. I'm done cleaning my gun so now maybe I'll improve the world by blowing my brains out...

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Posted by Eric J on 07/11/2016 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Cops' Feet on the Street Making a Difference in the Old North End

They are just out there to fill out the court log and police logs to demand more taxes over B.S., whoops, services. (Oh no, not an AGGRAVATED disorderly conduct for "coarse" language there.) Hello Derek!

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Posted by Bentley Davis on 07/07/2016 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Cops' Feet on the Street Making a Difference in the Old North End

Foot patrol is the most effective form of policing. It was used in the past so residents knew and trusted the local police . Great idea Burlington P.D. I wish you all great success.

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Posted by Tracy Thompson on 07/06/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Farmers Riled Over Decision to Charge Bull's Owner in Fatal Crash

There is no excuse for over-driving your sight-line stopping distance.

Posted by wolfganger on 06/28/2016 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Farmers Riled Over Decision to Charge Bull's Owner in Fatal Crash

Many many years ago I thought there was a law if a bull was over 1 year old they could not go out to pasture. Is this true I don't know if you find out let me know I believe it is.

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Posted by Paul Gorton on 06/24/2016 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Trial and Error: What Went Wrong in the McAllister Case

Fred - it doesn't seem unreasonable for a prosecutor to decline to base a case on the testimony of an accuser who has been granted immunity to the consequences of lying during that same testimony. When that is disclosed to the jury, how can the jury have faith in the accuracy of that testimony beyond reasonable doubt?

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/23/2016 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Trial and Error: What Went Wrong in the McAllister Case

It's somewhat disguised but it's the "haves" against the "have-nots". The Senator is represented by two well compensated private attorneys. The interest of the "victims" is represented by a States Attorney elected by the same electorate represented by McAllister. How is it that this trial was allowed to go forth in Franklin County? Was it tried in Franklin County so that the outcome could be more easily controlled? The fact that the outcome was caused by the actions of the Deputy States Attorney is outrageous. The immunity sought by counsel for the "victim" should have been granted; not having done so represents abuse of power and authority on the part of the States Attorney. Most unfortunate.

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Posted by Woogmaster Fred on 06/23/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Farmers Riled Over Decision to Charge Bull's Owner in Fatal Crash

Holding a farmer civilly responsible for their livestock and animals makes sense, charging them criminally is stupid and irresponsible. Will Kennedy charge a citizen criminally if their labradoodle runs into the road and some one is killed avoiding the animal? What is her policy with free-range chickens? Is the state responsible when a moose, deer or other animal that they claim guardianship over causes an accident?

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Posted by alpha1six on 06/20/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Farmers Riled Over Decision to Charge Bull's Owner in Fatal Crash

This is the most ridiculous case I've seen in my nearly 30 years in Vermont.. I have witnessed numerous drug traffickers who are killing our younger people with their poison play the infamous "catch & release" game on a regular basis but now a so called " prosecuter"who has set many of these free, wants to incarcerate a farmer due to a weather related cause??

Nothing amazes me anymore in this state with such a twisted legal system...

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Posted by Steve Works on 06/18/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Farmers Riled Over Decision to Charge Bull's Owner in Fatal Crash

Last week, driving in Vermont, I came upon a horse in the road. Given that my speed was appropriate to the conditions, I stopped and put my emergency flashers on. I approached the horse properly at the drive line, established rapport and moved the horse to safety. During this time, the horse's owner came out of the house and took the horse back to his paddock. This is not the first time I have encountered farm animals in the road. There were several places where better things could have happened. IMO if you see a farm animal in the road and you drive on by after placing a call, you are putting others at risk. If you are not familiar with these animals, don't approach but don't leave the scene with a ton or so of obstacle in the road. This suit will just fuel the "city people" vs "country people" fires.

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Posted by Lisa 1 on 06/18/2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “A Violent Sex Offender Is Released Into the Public Spotlight

His crime was beyond awful, yes. His penalty was accepted by a judge as adequate. My heart goes out to all victoms and families. DOC has a unique ability to operate within their own set of rules and technicalities. Many of those in charge are under qualified, and downright sadistic. Many of them in higher positions have only a high school education, or basic 2 year CJ degree, and worked their way up from a correction officer, to administration. I fully believe Laws experienced a denial of access to treatment. I wouldn't invite him to dinner, but access to help and services should be readily available, if he is actively trying to help himself. Think about it..

Posted by philthy on 06/12/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Vermont Sex Offender Registry's Problems Persist

What about drug dealers who kill our kids every day? How about a registry for them? How about the police follow their own laws and procedures? They don't. What about the Miranda Warning? In Vermont, it is nonexistent. I know a really nice, very religious black guy. He was charged with, and arrested for, a crime that he did not commit...why? He was black and the suspect was black. Even though, he had an airtight alibi and numerous witnesses as to his whereabouts. He eventually sued and won. Vermont is a very biased and prejudicial state. I am a native Vermonter who moved out of state. In my humble opinion, the Federal government should take over the state of Vermont and show them the laws of this country and the fact that evey one has civil rights, that Vermont violates every day.. Also, I believe every state in the union should be run by natives of their own state, not by people who come from other states and move there. So, if you were born in Vermont, you can not run for governmental office or legislature in any other state,except Vermont. If all states were like that, then, there would be less outside interference.

Posted by pm12171 on 06/09/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Former Trooper Had a History of Illegal Searches, Documents Suggest

It is this man's bizarre fascination with Negro genitalia that I find so astonishing. "Manipulating the testicles"? Ordering a passenger to "drop his pants and his shorts" on the roadside so as to be able to inspect the reproductive organs in full view of passing motorists? On the basis of tinted windows?

And the State actually hands this man some big cannon to go strap onto his side, and sends him out with a 12-gauge. That goes way beyond negligence all the way to reckless and wanton.

Posted by wolfganger on 05/28/2016 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Bennington Locks Up More People Than Any Other Vermont County

Just like in Family Court arrest the Dad put Him in JAIL ,Now how does He Pay Child Support? makes No Sense to Me ...Put Him on a Work Related site with Pay and then The Mother will get her Money.something like PINS Program but for Adults.

Posted by Lizzy Jean Oddy on 05/25/2016 at 9:41 AM

Re: “After a DUI, Deportation? What Awaits Migrant Activist Victor Diaz

Sorry if they are undocumented then they have no rights.. they are supposed to be a seasonal worker not for a life time.. Leahy and Sanders should stand by the law..not break it but that's what liberals and Socialist democrats do..he should be deported..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 05/17/2016 at 2:19 PM

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