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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.

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

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