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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

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