Next steps in punishing sex offenders

Sen. Dick Sears recaps the public testimony his committee has taken on how to punish and treat sex offenders, and gives us a preview of draft recommendations for the Legislature. Also, VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes backstage with a production of "Well" by playwright Lisa Kron.

Leahy says Mukasey nomination is in trouble

Senator Patrick Leahy says the nomination of judge Michael Mukasey as the country’s next Attorney General is in a lot of trouble. According to Leahy, Mukasey won’t say whether he believes an interrogation technique known as waterboarding is illegal.

Leahy not sure he’ll vote for Mukasey

Senator Patrick Leahy says he’s not sure if he’ll vote for Attorney General nominee, Michael Mukasey. Leahy, who chairs the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee, says he has some serious concerns that Mukasey doesn’t oppose the use of torture in the interrogation of suspected terrorists.

Midday Newscast: September 4, 2007

August is typically one of the rainiest months in Vermont. But not this year; the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee says he doesn’t plan any confirmation hearings on a new attorney general until he gets more answers from the Bush administration; a Middlebury College biology professor says three years of research have concluded the best way to control an invasive plant in Vermont ponds and lakes is an insect.