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Re: “Scott Vetoes Bill That Would Force Polluters to Pay for Medical Monitoring

So that's what Scott means by a "business friendly" environment.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 06/18/2019 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Bills Would Allow Legal Action in Older Sexual Abuse Cases

Statutes of limitations, both criminal and civil were created because with the passage of time, memories get cloudy and sometimes false and evidence disappears; all making the likelihood of a fair trial less than certain. We should not be sacrificing the essentials of due process on the alter of victims rights, as politically correct as that may be today.
As a society we are today becoming more aware of the extent of sexual and other abuses of children. This is fortunately resulting in awareness training, both for institutions, professions and potential victims. That is the way to handle the problem. Bring cases when the evidence is fresh, rather than so stale that time may transform memories of an obnoxious but legal act into a crime. Unreasonable statutes of limitations promote witch hunts as well as justice for past victims.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 05/09/2019 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment to Slavery Ban

The question in my mind is whether the Vermont prohibition in fact allowed slavery to be imposed on those under 21. If so, was that exception limited to those of African descent?
If a consensus can be definitively reached on those questions [fat chance], then perhaps an explanatory amendment should be added to the existing language, and if necessary prohibiting slavery completely as of passage.
I agree with Senator McCormack that we should not be re-writing history. Any Amendment should leave in place the original language. If an explanation of how the current language was construed in the past, add that explanation.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 04/25/2019 at 4:48 PM

Re: “Condos: Cops Shouldn't Charge Vermonters to View Body Camera Footage

Hoorah for Jim Condos, pretty much the only voice in State Government that is consistent in advocating for transparency.
Here's a suggestion for Seven Days: Please try to include a link to the documents that are being reported. In this case it would be Washington Civil Division decision, ACLU's Amicus Brief and Condos' opinion at a minimum. There is also the initial complaint and the Briefs of both parties in the SCOV.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 01/22/2019 at 7:05 PM

Re: “ACLU Appeals to Vermont Supreme Court for Burlington Cops' Body Camera Footage

Since when does a person have a privacy interest protecting their image when present on a public street?
The Vermont Supreme Court, some years ago, ruled that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy and therefor its okay for cops to use telephoto lenses and electronic ears to pick up the conversation of suspected drug dealers in a parking lot.
Public servants should not be permitted to hide behind the dubious privacy interests of others to hide their practices and actions from public scrutiny.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 10/25/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

I forgot to mention that an email to Commissioner of Corrections Lisa Menard concerning the confiscation of absentee ballots was read three days ago, but remains unanswered.

Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:49 PM

Re: “'Camp Hell': Vermont Inmates Report Threats by Guards in Pennsylvania

First off, Jabbar Chandler, the person mentioned in the article as having been threatened and advised that getting the word out "would not be in his interest" has been sent to the hole and has been there for more than a week. Camp Hill has not made the charges known.
Second. As an attorney, I have been in regular contact with Mr. Wool. He has been incarcerated since 1990 and has spent much of his time helping others. In addition as advocating for inmates via the court system, he has twice received letters of commendation from the VT DOC for risking his own safety by protecting prison personnel. The first instance was during a riot in Kentucky and more recently in Michigan, where another inmate jumped a guard. If he were free, I would much prefer Kirk Wool as a neighbor to many who shoot their mouths off here.
Third. Under the Interstate Compact and the contract with PA (yes there is a specific contract) Vermont inmates do not lose the legal rights they have under Vermont law. And of course the protections of the Eighth Amendment against cruel and unusual punishment trump [if I can still use that word] any actions of a state or states.
Fourth. One of the rights guaranteed to Vermont prisoners is the right to vote. Yet, PA officials have confiscated absentee ballots - which I presume are for the upcoming Town Meeting day votes that are carried out via Australian Ballot. Voting residency is neither obtained or lost because of place of incarceration.

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Posted by OldVTHippy on 02/23/2018 at 3:47 PM

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