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Friday, August 31, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence Comes to Vermont, Gets the Finger

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Air Force Two at the Burlington International Airport - TAYLOR DOBBS
  • Taylor Dobbs
  • Air Force Two at the Burlington International Airport
As Vice President Mike Pence landed at Burlington International Airport on Friday, a half-dozen spectators watched from the Pizza Putt parking lot across the street from the Vermont Air National Guard hangar.

A Jericho woman snapped selfies of Air Force Two under the careful watch of snipers and plainclothes United States Secret Service officers standing conspicuously inside the airport’s perimeter fence. The amateur photographer sheepishly described herself as a Pence supporter, though she declined an interview.

There was no media scrum or large crowd of waving supporters to greet Pence, who landed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Within a few minutes, his motorcade of about 15 SUVs, including Vermont State Police vehicles, slipped through the airport fence and drove away.

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Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Revenge Porn Law

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 1:51 PM

Vermont Supreme Court - MARK DAVIS
  • Mark Davis
  • Vermont Supreme Court
The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday upheld a state law banning “revenge porn,” saying the statute does not violate First Amendment protections.

In a long-awaited decision, justices ruled 4-1 that the 2015 law, which forbids the distribution of sexually explicit images without the subject’s consent, is constitutional.

In an interview, Defender General Matt Valerio called the decision "bizarre," and said his office is contemplating a U.S. Supreme Court appeal.

Justices said revenge porn represents the "highest" violation of privacy, noting that it is illegal for doctors or banks to disclose personal information about patients or clients. Forty states have enacted laws against revenge porn, justices wrote.

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