Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Teen Challenges

State v. Blaise, 2012 VT 2 (mem.)

Today’s case is about probation, including the important lesson of how to not do what your probation officer tells you, but still convince the SCOV that you have not violated probation. 

Gimme Back My Bullets

State v. Voog, 2012 VT 1.

Today’s case answers the question that nearly everyone has asked themselves at the end of an episode of Law and Order: “What do they do with all that evidence?”

The answer is surprisingly prosaic.  The State maintains custody of the evidence seized from the defendant and the criminal court holds jurisdiction over it.

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Initial Housekeeping

Greetings Dear Reader(s),

With today's post, we have now put up summaries of every single published opinion and entry order that the Vermont Supreme Court issued in 2011.  There were 138 numbered decisions last year and with the appointment of Justice Robinson this fall, there is no reason to believe that there will be any fewer this coming year. 

As you have probably noticed, our entries as of late have primarily been case summaries.  When we started this blog in September 2010, we announced that our main goal would be to provide witty, short, and above-all readable summaries of Vermont Supreme Court cases.  That remains our primary purpose and reason for wasting your time.  For those that have missed or prefer our "lifestyle" entries, take heart.  We anticipate several of these returning in 2012---if only to get them out before the great Mayan gods return to end the whole world in December.  

All this is to say, thank you for reading and supporting the blog.  We appreciate everyone who has commented either here, on our Vt. Digger cross-posts, or to any of us personally.  We hope you will continue to enjoy our blog and tell your friends what's hip.  And we look forward to another year of legal issues and fun from the fabulous five from Montpelier!

----The Staff of SCOV Law

Tax Exceptions

By Michael Tarrant

In re HS-122, 2011 VT 138 (mem.).

What do you get when you add one cup of state property tax adjustment records to a quart of public records laws, and then blend with one heaping spoonful of a request to see those records?  

Why, a mess of course.  

But fortunately, we received this nice SCOV opinion as a parting gift for 2011 to help clean it all up.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Show Me the Place

What are you waiting for?

If you have not already signed up, there is still time to sign up for the Vermont Young Lawyer's Division's Mid-Winter Thaw in Montreal.  The VBA Hotel block is filling up, but a few rooms remain (for the incredibly cheap price of $129 a night!!).

This year features Willem Lange as the keynote speaker.  Willem has promised to drop his folksy tales of New England for a down and dirty account of his time at the Chelsea Hotel and affair with Janis Joplin.

It is a cannot-miss event.

We are also told there will be an abundance of CLE credits and a chance to rub elbows with all your fellow practitioners.

Don't be the only one left in the states.  Sign up here, now.