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Comment Archives: stories: News + Opinion: Crime

Re: “Backs to the Wall: Vermont’s Sole Juvenile Lockup Is Hard Up for Cash

How many millions were fraudulently misappropriated from Medicare over the years and why aren't the Feds suing for the return of the money?

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Posted by JimM on 01/18/2017 at 3:03 PM

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

Good that the former senator pleaded "No Contest.
It is so very bad however that the bungling of details peripheral to the case prompts folks to dub the first witness as perjurer.
She ought receive training and counseling from the very state who encouraged her testimony that she is a good, courageous and honest person.
Otherwise our state talks a deal about Goodness but doesn't have the back of Goodness.
Our human brain's very engineering tends to forget, confuse, rethink details and scenes in our lives, particularly those tumultuous scenes.
We may have several clear and absolute memories of that turmoil, but infused with vague thoughts, and pictures, hesitant , changing memories of detail and sequence.
One who would deem it right and fitting to pour out these memories ought be proud to come forward at all in front of a professional trained to discredit these very memories.
Congratulations to the young person for trying.
How very brave to come forward and attempt to tell of oppression.
She should know by that she ought be proud. A well-lived life lies in beginning to do the harder tasks, and seeing them through, regardless of outcome.
It is excruciatingly painful to come out with truth when one is but a small person claiming a wrong against a much larger entity or person.
Because this witness came forward, there is an "alleged" oppressor who may end his bad.
Because of this young person,there is truly hope that more survivors of personal and institutional bullying,abuse & plain wrong will continue to step forward with their stories.
Someone who encouraged her testimony ought tell her this.
We really do not want to become an evil empire where might and power paralyze the small and ordinary.
Fair Citizen

Posted by Fair Citizen on 01/12/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I use to be loss prevention at Old Navy years ago when it was in Church street. The amount of people I would catch in one week was staggering. I actually think I caught Ms. Bean once too.

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Posted by Tam Cristman on 12/12/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

I wonder why Amanda Bean wasn't interviewed for this article. Seems to me Ms. Bean would have the most insight into why people resort to stealing and what might help them to stop.

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Posted by Gwen Gray Lavoie on 12/08/2016 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

A bit odd to include hyperlinks to retailers in this story. I only support *local* businesses who *don't* buy cheap goods made overseas and then jack up the price. Sadly, there aren't many like that anymore.

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Posted by The Oracle on 12/08/2016 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

So glad we have such a balanced article. Police, state's attorney, retail, and a person supporting them. How about interviewing the person who shoplifted or substance abuse and mental health advocates, or any alternative viewpoint? How about some statistics regarding the number of people who never reoffend after restorative justice? How about getting facts instead of assumptions about the so-called opiate crisis? Couldn't the growth in thefts (which is actually pretty small) be due to population growth, increased tourism, increased poverty rate, increases in youth population, outliers? And how exactly will jail help these people? We don't give people long-term drug treatment in jail if they are in for short periods of time. How long should people be jailed for stealing a pair of jeans? Disappointed in seven days for this one. But I guess these businesses are the majority of your advertising. Gotta throw them a bone every now and then... ;)

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Posted by ErnestWallace on 12/08/2016 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Serial Shoplifters Target Burlington Stores

If they are not going to lock up the habitual offenders then this is where chopping their hands off under Sharia Law would come in handy instead of the silly and hokey 'Restorative' and 'Community' based Justice 'punishments' that Burlington officials fools themselves into thinking works.

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Posted by JimM on 12/07/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Shumlin's Unlikely Legacy: A Judiciary of His Appointees

Remember that the Brigham decision was issued as a "per curiam" decision, meaning that its authorship came from the Supreme Court as a whole, not Justice Dooley or any other member of the Court. (I am aware that there is a common belief in the state that Justice Dooley wrote the opinion, but I am not aware that he or the Court has ever confirmed this.) Per curiam decisions are rare for the Vermont Supreme Court. Perhaps when Justice Dooley retires, he will share how this came to be.

Posted by Tom Little on 10/16/2016 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Shumlin's Unlikely Legacy: A Judiciary of His Appointees

I think it's fair to say that Dooley's Brigham decision (that changed school-funding) was very well-intentioned but ultimately a practical failure in terms of how the Legislature has implemented it. Act 60, Act 68, Act 46, etc.

When you get your local property tax bill, you have no idea how much of your money actually goes to your local school versus how much the state is taking for redistribution around the state. The school-funding mechanism is so complicated that a Democratic representative told me that no more than 3 or 4 people in the entire state understand it. Even the chair of the House Education Committee, Dave Sharpe (Bristol) has admitted he doesn't get it. He provided school administrations who were working on their budgets with inaccurate information about Act 46.

Because of this consolidation of power to Montpelier away from local school districts and local taxpayers, there has been an unintended consequence from Dooley's Brigham decision of weakening local community spirit and support for local schools. In ostensibly "solving" one problem (unequal school financing), the Dooley Supreme Court unfortunately created other new problems.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/12/2016 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Packed Prisons Retain Inmates Past Their Release Dates

I don't hear any remorse about taking my son's father away and now he will never know him or have any relationship with Sean EVER! None of you seem to care how his father's MURDER has affected Sean's son. He has his father's picture on his nightstand and it's been there since the day he was told his father was dead. He had to sign legal permission to have his father cremated when he was only 14 years old. And none of you seem to care at all about that, not Wendy's family or Sean's family either. You all make me ill.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by amyj on 10/08/2016 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Representing: A Busy Public Defender Stands Up for Her Clients

Great story on a seriously under-reported issue, Molly. The award winning documentary "Gideon's Army" follows several public defenders across the country, and would be a great source for anyone looking to learn more.

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Posted by Ryan on 10/05/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Representing: A Busy Public Defender Stands Up for Her Clients

I so appreciate learning about the current status of public defenders in the state and Lanthiers' particular professionalism, commitment, and compassion. It's commendable. That said, it is difficult to hear about someone violating protection from abuse orders and know the plight of women and children in the state without acknowledging the complexity of this, too. Obviously, underlying, core issues like educational access and multi-generational poverty need to be addressed. But while we're looking humanisticly at one person's fate, let's not forget the whole picture. Deb Sherrer, Shelburne

Posted by Deb S on 10/04/2016 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Two Paths Converge With Fatal Consequences in Winooski

Hey seven days, I find it a bit suspect that you purposefully skated over the reasons palmier left his first two jobs. From the way you worded it one could assume that he left willingly when it's public knowledge that he was TERMINATED from both the winooski dept AND the st Albans dept. I thought you guys were better than that...

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Posted by Margarita Gonzalez on 10/03/2016 at 11:34 AM

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

Good for TVTJ but a word of advice - learn what the AGs office actually has the authority to do and the scope of subject matter handled by the AGs office or keep quiet. Criminal justice is just a small part of it all. For those if us who are aware of the breadth of matters that the AGs office handles TJ comes across as a know nothing ninny every time he opens his mouth. Surely he must know people in the AGs office. He really needs to talk to them and get a clue!

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Posted by Roy on 09/28/2016 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Two Paths Converge With Fatal Consequences in Winooski

What makes cops see every individual who fits one of the profiles they are obviously taught as criminal? Secondly, why do they believe their perception means they can murder that person, even though they have not been fired at or otherwise attacked?

It seems to me that law enforcement should be taught that even those whom they believe to be criminally involved have rights that should be respected. Besides the basic human right to life, one of those other rights is the right to be afforded a trial. When police murder suspects, at the least they deprive those suspects of those human and civil rights. The fact that law enforcement does not appear to see suspects as either having the right to life or the right to a trial says to me that they are not police officers, but military forces trained to kill anything that moves. The fact that so many police have served in combat zones where they could kill anything that moved is something that needs to be looked at when hiring new recruits. The fact that police act this way in their own nation and community is indicative of a police state.

That’s not what we signed up for.

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Posted by ronj1955 on 09/28/2016 at 1:03 PM

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.

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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

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