Prosecuting sex crimes

The attorney general and most of the state’s prosecutors are in favor of changes that would make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. We talk with Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage about why they support these reforms. And VPR’s Ross Sneyd joins us to analyze how the candidates for governor are approaching this issue.

Elected officials to go without pay raises

The Douglas administration plan to freeze salaries for about 350 executive branch employees who make more than $60,000 a year has prompted all but one of the Vermont’s statewide elected officials to forgo raises in the coming fiscal year.

Midday Newscast: April 7, 2008

Attorney General Bill Sorrell has completed a study about law enforcement’s use of Tasers and other non-deadly force; researchers say children need the vitamins and minerals in milk, and they’re more likely to drink it if it’s flavored with chocolate; more…

Lawmakers say Douglas should rescind order on Windsor County marijuana cases

(Host) A group of state legislators says the governor has overstepped his authority. They say he should not have ordered state police to take significant marijuana cases in Windsor County to the attorney general for prosecution. VPR’s Ross Sneyd has more: (Sneyd) Thirteen lawmakers wrote to Governor Jim Douglas, criticizing him for stepping into a controversy involving Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand. They want Douglas to rescind the order. They also want Attorney General Bill Sorrell to refuse to take the cases.