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Re: “Feds in Florida: Burlington College Probe Goes the Distance

Despite her best efforts, Holm said, she was "unsuccessful in locating documentation of the gifts and pledges" the FBI was seeking. Asked whether she had stumbled upon anything noteworthy in O'Meara Sanders' emails, the former dean said, "I prefer not to comment on that."
So... just like what happened over at the IRS and just like HRC playing dumb with her private server. Why do these people get away with such absurd statements?

Posted by Tim Jonson on 07/17/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Who are we to judge? Did we see everything the Judge saw or heard. I know it's not fashionable in our dystopic Trump fueled current atmosphere to suggest that compassion, empathy, respect for people in distress, etc. are all lumped together as "fake news." Wow, a judge who rules on the merits and the facts and is not part of the current fear hysteria. Wonder what the crime statistics in her jurisdiction are like. I bet they don't show the societal breakdown all these critics assume. God Bless her.

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Posted by Fred J Abrahams on 07/16/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

This is akin to my sitting in a coffee shop complaining loudly about the police, and the chief, sitting at the next table, overhears me, leans over and corrects something.

A private conversation? Social media feels that way, but when we broadcast to the world is really isn't that.

Abuse of power? It does feel a little oppressive, but he also carries the responsibility for the community--a viral bit of misinformation undercuts the police's ability to do their job. His power and responsibility weigh heavy against the individual kvetching over coffee, but my speech also has a cost for me.

We don't want to relax in a coffee shop full of people not minding their own business, but we can't be boorish ourselves and expect silence. Being in the community has responsibilities for all.

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Posted by Tom Triumph on 07/16/2017 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

The young woman should consider herself fortunate that the police chief has not (yet) sued her for libel, because her Facebook post was right smack out of the textbook. Logan Huysman told a big, whopping lie, and in doing so attempted to harm the police chief's reputation and ability to make a living. It rarely gets this clear cut.

I am a retired journalist, and took the class where the law of libel was taught. And I didn't attend some obscure community college; it was one of the top journalism schools in the country. Miss Huysman, you blatantly libeled Brandon del Pozo. You'd better hope he doesn't file a lawsuit over it, because you stand to lose a boatload of money.

You sure wouldn't want me sitting on the jury, because I'd teach you a lesson that your parents apparently didn't: that stupidity has its consequences. I haven't seen an apology from you. Someone should tap you on the shoulder and advise you to cough one up, now. And make it humble.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jake J on 07/14/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Citizen, thank you for your heartfelt words..My son was very proud of being in the service and no one will take that away from me..

knowyourassumptions, I don't care you didn't answer my questions, I knew you wouldn't..I do want to rebuff you're comments
John McCain was not a hero he was a songbird, gave the enemy info..he's far from being a republican
Pres Trump was given a 4-F and was permanently disqualified from military service in Vietnam..

Bill Clinton seeked ways of avoiding the draft. His first opportunity was provided through the political and social connections of Raymond Clinton, his uncle, and Henry Britt, a Hot Springs lawyer and former judge, who made arrangements with the commanding officer of the local Naval Reserve unit to keep Clinton from being drafted..

obumass never register for the service..he refused to..

Sanders was a draft dodger..NEVER IN THE MILITARY. he has no use for the Military..looked at the fraud and mishandling of the VA hospital here in Vt. veterans not being able to get appointments, having to wait mos, yes in the VA hospital.. and Sanders said the VT VA was great..tell that to the Veterans who are waiting to be seen..

John F Kennedy was a American Hero, more so then traitor McCain..

No one likes war, no one wants to die but they believe in FREEDOM and will die for it..I didn't want my son to go to IRAQ..but I wouldn't stop him..He was a proud Patriot and soldier.!!!!

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2017 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Vermont is known as the "Catch and Release " state..The police catch them and the judges lets them go.

.In my town there was 2 brothers who were always robbing homes, they get caught and judge sets a trail date, usually 2 mos later, So the criminal goes free till then..Guess what, during that time before the court hearing these guys commit more crimes..Do judges really think these criminals are going to be good little boys??.

.I'm one who feels "you do the crime you do the time", don't care if they can afford the bail or not.. If they can't afford the bail then don't commit a crime.. When they are caught on security cameras, caught with the goods, caught with a stolen car or shooting me that means they are GUILTY !!! Judges are to liberal, they either slap them on the wrist or pat them on the head.. and yes I've been robbed 3 times and the ones who robbed me got away with bail, no time..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 07/14/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Huysman needs to be in a mental ward. he has the right to defend his officers against blatant lies.

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Posted by Robin Drake on 07/14/2017 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

The problem with Freedom is that you can't pick and choose who gets it. All of this sounds very frustrating until you or someone you love is charged with a crime that maybe you did or did not commit and have a bail imposed that you can't afford. THEN, this Judge will be the only one on the bench interpreting the law correctly.

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Posted by Andrea Galiano on 07/13/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Knowyourass..... why is it that you are never able to answer anyone that questions you with an actual answer? All you ever do is bring up comments from the campaign that are often taken out of context by the bias media. You should know by now that politics is a blood sport. And when one side attacks the other side counter attacks. I'm willing to bet that you have never sacrifice one thing for the betterment of the great nation you are privileged to live in. It must drive you nuts to know that Trump is 1000 times more of a great American than you will ever be. Donna my heart goes out to you and your family for the lose of your son. I'm sure he was a true patriot and a great man. Please thank all your family that have given so much of themselves to make our country great. Knowyourass.... Instead of criticizing people like Donna and her family try a thank you and be greatly for the freedom the provide for your sorry ass.

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Posted by citizen on 07/13/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Hey Freedomtothink I can understand letting the guy out once, but after he assaulted an office and threatens to harm and ex girlfriend and burn her place of employment 30 minutes after leaving court I think he has used up his get out of jail free card. If nothing else some time behind bars might give the guy some time to think about what direction he wants to go in life. Maybe your daughter can date this guy someday he sounds like a real winner. It's thinking like yours that has led to a decay of our society. Your post makes you sound like you might be an anarchist. How many strikes do you get in life?

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Posted by citizen on 07/13/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Hey Citizen, you may want to go back and read the story, your combining the acts of two different people. Glad your not the judge.

She didn't let either of them off from their charges, she just let them go home until their trial date, without forcing them pay money they likely didn't have or rot in a cell on the taxpayers dime until their trial finally came up. They aren't guilty of anything until they are proven guilty by trial. Doling out punishment by bail or the lack thereof, isn't justice, it's Fascism.

13 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by FreedomToThink on 07/13/2017 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

Hey Steveo how about a risk to others. The accused that Judge Mann released violated an order of protection 30 minutes after leaving the judges courtroom and he assaulted a police officer. Plus this defendant had been in front the judge several times before that and she still let the guy walk out a free man. I bet his victims would have a different opinion and might even feel as if the system let them down. I understand the Judge allowing low income defendants to have low or no bail but letting someone out that has threatened to harm others multiple times is not acceptable. Judge Mann is making a mockery of the justice system and needs to be removed from the beanch.

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Posted by citizen on 07/12/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

I would vote for Joe Benning if he were to run for State's Attorney or maybe even Lieutenant Governor since SevenDays is already speculating about the 2018 race.

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Posted by dejavu on 07/12/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

The bail system in this country does not work, and hasn't for decades. The rich don't have to sit and rot in jail, while the poor wind up settling for lousy plea deals because they can't afford to get out. Good for this judge for allowing the accused to be innocent until actually proven guilty, unless there's an actual risk of flight. Shame on her critics.

23 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Steve0 on 07/12/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Mann Overboard? Critics Say New Vermont Judge Is Too Lenient

As a criminal defense attorney with 33 years of practice in St. Johnsbury, as vice-chair of Senate Judiciary and a member of the Judicial Retention Committee, I'd like to add something to the discussion.

Whenever a defendant decides to change their plea from not guilty to guilty or no contest, Judge Mann (like all judges) conducts a colloquey with the defendant to ensure they are knowingly and voluntarily waiving their right to trial. But before she does so, she has the defendant sworn in under oath. She thus places the defendant on notice that anything they say that is not true can subject them to further penalty, including perjury. She is the only judge I have ever seen do that.

In all Vermont criminal prosecutions every defendant is entitled to be released under their own recognizance unless one of two things can be shown. First, that they will likely not appear at a future court hearing. Second, that they pose significant danger to the public or themselves. Frustration often arises, especially from those in law enforcement, when people are presumed guilty instead of innocent. Judge Mann is properly exercising her responsibility in ensuring the presumption of innocence remains up until that point in time when guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. While that may be frustrating to some, it really is what America is supposed to be about. It takes great courage for a judge to hold that line in the face of stories like this one.

42 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Joe Benning on 07/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

Haik the Troll, come out from behind your keyboard and go talk to the Chief like a man.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Elizabeth Chang on 07/11/2017 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

When this blithering idiot, Logan Huysman, chose to make a PUBLIC accusation to the PUBLIC, via a PUBLIC venue,,, the police SHOULD respond to dispel the BS blatant lies. Everything about this idiot screams 'entitled b****'

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Posted by John Devereaux on 07/09/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

It needs to be pointed out that there was at least one person who had a negative encounter with the chief when the chief direct messaged this person in response to a public tweet. But that story is not included here because that person was intimidated enough to ask for anonymity and Seven Days chose to exclude them if they weren't willing to disclose their identity publicly. That's the chilling effect that this kind of communication creates.

10 likes, 73 dislikes
Posted by Charles Winkleman on 07/08/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

"I'm from strong Military families. . . I just don't want people who don't care about our Military, our country and the citizens to run our country."

Then why do you like a guy who said John McCain ISN'T a war hero, because he got captured by the Viet Cong?

And why would you like a guy who insulted the family of a US soldier who died fighting in Iraq while trying to save other soldiers?

And why would you like a guy who dodged the draft during Vietnam and never served in the military?

19 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by knowyourassumptions on 07/08/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Cop on the Tweet: Chief's Social Media Posts Draw Criticism

good lord vermont is suffering from Facebook misuse all over the place! when you post on facebook you control the settings so if you chose to make it public that is a choice and if someone you didn't want to see it sees it and comments on it you invited that comment. if you don't want public comments chose to make it private.

same goes for that obnoxious bar pretending to be a gay bar in winooski. the owner of the bar is currently using the public business page to shame members of the LGBT community who disagree with him and is agree that he is getting backlash. it's the same problem because if you don't want people to read your and respond to it don't post it publicly.

the takeaway is that people should think before they post.

27 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by johny on 07/07/2017 at 9:24 PM

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