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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Crime

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.

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?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 5 dislikes
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?

1 like, 0 dislikes
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...

1 like, 1 dislike
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.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
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

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

I was trying to turn onto a busy four-lane road. A woman driving in the closest lane stopped then waved energetically: I should go right away. Then she looked to her left, appearing to check the next lane, and back at me, waving even more frantically. She wanted me to understand: The next lane was clear, this was my last chance, take it or leave it. I took it. Blang! T-boned immediately. The woman mouthed "Sorry!", made a sorry face, and sped off.

She intended to do a good deed, but instead directed me into an accident.

Unconditionally supporting undocumented migrant workers is like the woman waving me into disaster: both are examples of how a good deeds can have nasty consequences.

The more workers there are that enter a labor market, the more employers get to pick and choose. Some workers will not work for $10/hour--until they haven't eaten in a week. Then they might accept a job at $8/hour--or less. The more workers, the more competition for jobs, and the lower wages will go. It is simple supply and demand.

If you think that helping undocumented migrant workers stay and work in this country is always a win-win, think again. It can have an extremely negative affect on the U.S. workers who make the least amount of money.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Eric J on 05/15/2016 at 6:42 PM

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

People like this are EXACTLY why I left the democrats after 30 years for TRUMP. There are many many more who feel the same.

14 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by CloseTheBorders on 05/13/2016 at 7:46 AM

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

Am I supposed to feel sorry for Law? He raped a woman and bashed her head in with a tire iron nearly killing her. This isn't a guy who got caught urinating outside or statutory rape. His ex girlfriend and adult daughter took out restraining orders on him - I wonder why? Prison was a consequence for him, and so is his life now.

And why does Seth Lipschutz compare sex offenders to Jews, Catholics, and African Americans? Unlike these three groups, sex offenders like Law deserve the stigma and difficult life that the label creates for them.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Shaun Langevin on 05/12/2016 at 9:30 AM

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

If his supervisors were involved in this shameful behavior, they should be fired, too. But he should never wear a badge again. he probably should go to jail.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Egmatic on 05/10/2016 at 12:06 PM

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

This article is a very biased and one sided view of this case. What the reader is not told is that in many of these situations Hatch was with his supervisors who approved of his actions and condoned each action. Further Hatch had repeatedly requested additional training in the area of interdiction, which is often a complicated process of determining suspicious factors and circumstances that might lead to developing probable cause for drug activity. Those requests for additional training were not granted. An officer does not need to have probable cause to ask for consent to search a vehicle, odor and observations can often be sufficient. In Hatch's case he also utilized a K-9 that can form the basis of obtaining a search warrant. Vermont law requires that an officer who believes that he or she has sufficient grounds to obtain a warrant must offer the operator or target of the warrant the opportunity to consent to the search in order to reduce time involved. Minor traffic offenses are often used as a basis for these vehicle stops. The Attorney Generals office in fact did clear Hatch of any wrongdoing or discrimination and only settled the lawsuit as a nuisance suite. Considering the number of cases filed against and settled by the State and the fact that the settlement made no admission of wrong doing or misconduct no conclusions of the merits of the case should be assumed. If the reader understood that Hatch was successful in locating illegal drugs or paraphernalia in almost every case he was involved with, and often especially at night has no idea what race the operator or passengers in a car are until after the vehicle is stopped.

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Lisa Davidson on 05/09/2016 at 8:23 PM

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

This type of cop is the precise reason that since the mid-90's, Vermont has been imprisoning black men way out of proportion to their percentage in the state's general population. It has gotten so bad that we are now one of the very worst states in the Nation for 'dragnetting' -- profiling black men. For shame! Especially since Restorative Justice has been written into the law in Vermont since 1996!

10 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by John VanDyke Wilmerding on 05/07/2016 at 10:38 PM

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

I have heard and read of Hatch's antics and knew of the Zullo case, but to see the clear patterns that were established is very alarming. It is concerning that they kept him on as long as they did and tolerated as much as they did knowing that citizens were subjected to this level of racism and profiling. When a VSP is limited to not being allowed to perform searches independently, not sure why he wasn't fired or riding a desk at that point. He should have been taken off the road.

Interesting that VSP Trooper Jon Graham, a 16 year veteran, was suspended and fired immediately for posts he made to face book, stating they had "zero tolerance" for this kind of behavior, but then they allowed Hatch to continue in this capacity. Shocking.

The lesson learned here is get rid of bad apples as quickly as possible. The resources and costs, settlement fees, bad press and damage to the overall reputations just keeps growing exponentially. One just needs to look at the racism that happened in Rutland as a comparison.

Interesting that he is married to a state's attorney. No conflict of interest there. How does she present cases to judges that have ruled against her husband, just out of curiosity.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kristin Chase Andrade on 05/07/2016 at 5:39 PM

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

Wow...this guy really needs to stay fired. If this article is accurate, and it does cite a lot of facts, then not only is Hatch informing his police work through his racism, but he is insubordinate and a bit of a rogue cop as well. Of course the union defends him. Police unions defend all their members no matter how corrupt they are. It's a problem. If police unions actually considered the public good as well as their members well being, perhaps they wouldn't be complicit in so many crimes committed by cops.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 05/07/2016 at 3:43 PM

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