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The sherriff's office is the only true law enforcement agent in a constitutional republic such as Vermont and the US at large. It is charged with acting on behalf of the people as an agent of issue, enforcement and record of prosecution. Even the State's Attorney is technically subject to the assistance and advice of the constitutionally mandated sherriff. Of the two the position is inherently meant to be distanced from politics and favoritism as the experience of early colonists had led to a deep mistrust of the King and his prosecutors/henchman/cudgels. The neutrality of the sherriff is ensured by his or her popular election and often a requirement that they live in the community they serve (and protect). Both officers of the court are required to pledge similar oaths that demand an honorable defense of the constitution and the state.
Obviously, this Cafferty fellow denies history, legal tradition, the constitutional protection against the crown and all reasonable respect for firearms rights. The only thing that will stop his ilk is to vote early and often for Sherriff McLaughlin. Caff should run for King if he wants a bully pulpit! Yantchatka should also be targeted as an enemy of our cherished Vermont gun freedoms! First to the ballot box, then to the soap box, last to the ammo box!
If it is a criminal offense, then prosecute. If it a public education issue then the State's Attorney had better resign and start a non profit. It is not his job to "shame" people and deny the rest of us justice. This also denies these "shamed" citizens a right to a trial by jury. That Donovan is a demagogue should now be clear to all and it is time he explained his higher political ambitions. Prosecutors should prosecute. If the evidence is clear then do your job. It is sexist and impeachable behavior if he (and he has) prosecuted women prostitutes before now and refuses to bring charges with such clear evidence. The citizens of Burlington can call for a Grand Jury against Donovans' will. That should wake him up. While you are at it, ask him if he has ever offered a "deal" on charges to a felon in exchange for testimony against another bigger fish??? This used to be called suborning perjury...