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Vermont v. Buckley
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 59

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction by jury of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Defendant was acquitted of reckless endangerment. Defendant was charged with these crimes after allegedly point...

Vermont v. Levitt
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 60

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, Defendant was convicted by jury of simple assault and placed on probation. He petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse his conviction and remand for a new trial because the trial court improperly defined reasonab...

Vermont v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al.
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 61

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this interlocutory appeal presented for the Vermont Supreme Court's review centered on whether 12 V.S.A. 462 created an exemption from the general six-year limitation for Vermont’s claims against a host of defe...

Chandler v. Vermont
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 62

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff appealed the dismissal of his “Petition for Extraordinary Relief” under Vermont Rule of Civil Procedure 75 and Vermont Rule of Appellate Procedure 21. Plaintiff argued that the trial court erred in construing a...

In re Burns Two-Unit Residential Building (Long, et al. Appellants)
Date: May 27, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 63

Justia Opinion Summary: Applicants Cynthia and Charles Burns wanted to make modifications to a two-unit residential building they owned in Burlington. A group of nineteen Burlington residents (neighbors) appealed a Superior Court, Environmental...

Vermont v. Kelley
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 58

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Shawn Kelley argued that the Vermont Supreme Court should have vacated his domestic assault conviction because numerous reversible errors occurred during his jury trial. Specifically, he claimed that: (1) the t...

Lourie v. Lourie
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 57

Justia Opinion Summary: Husband Walter Lourie argued the family division of the superior court: (1) failed to consider the relevant statutory factors before incorporating the parties’ pretrial separation agreement into the divorce order; (2) er...

Vermont v. Witham
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 2015 VT 51

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal raised "a narrow, but novel, issue:" whether offenders previously convicted of home improvement fraud could be found guilty under the same statute if they subsequently perform home improvement activities but...

In re Wight Manning
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 53

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner appealed a superior court’s order granting judgment to the State on his petition for post-conviction relief (PCR) challenging his third conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) following his sentencing...

Kuligoski v. Brattleboro Retreat
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 54

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, E.R. was voluntarily admitted to the Psychiatric Department at Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) with a “psychotic disorder” after having threatened young children in his home. During his first few days at C...

Town of Milton Board of Health v. Brisson
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 56

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Armand Brisson was the owner of a two-story brick structure built around 1850 and located in the Town of Milton. He had lived in that building for most of his life. At the time of the events in question, he was...

Vermont v. Graham
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 48

Justia Opinion Summary: The State appealed the dismissal of three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, filed against defendant Julianne Graham, a high school employee, based on her having engaged in sexual acts with a student over the summ...

Vermont v. Howard
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 49

Justia Opinion Summary: Police arrested defendant Stephen Howard for driving under the influence (DUI). The State appealed the granting of defendant’s motion to exclude evidence collected from a traffic violation stop of his car. The trial cour...

In re Petition of Rutland Renewable Energy, LLC
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 50

Justia Opinion Summary: The Town of Rutland and five adjoining landowners (“neighbors”) appealed the Vermont Public Service Board’s grant of a certificate of public good (“CPG”) to Rutland Renewable Energy, LLC (“RRE”) for construction of the C...

In re K.A.
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 2016 VT 52

Justia Opinion Summary: K.A., a twelve-year-old, middle-school boy, committed "inappropriate acts" outside his school, for which he was adjudged delinquent under a Vermont statute prohibiting lewd acts relating to prostitution. The charges stem...

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