August 1, 2012

There are no specific statutes in Vermont addressing the interception of audio communications, but the state Supreme Court has held that surreptitious electronic monitoring of communications in a person’s home is an unlawful invasion of privacy. Vermont v. Geraw, 795 A.2d 1219 (Vt. 2002).


May 1, 2012


Vt. high court rules criminal investigation records remain exempt after investigation ends

Haley Behre | Freedom of Information | News | April 3, 2012
April 3, 2012

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that records related to the investigation of a crime are exempt under the state’s Access to Public Records Act — with no time limit for when the exemption expires.

Vt. high court rejects blanket exemption for police logs

Rachel Bunn | Freedom of Information | Feature | March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that police dispatch logs are not automatically exempt from public disclosure as investigation records under the state’s Access to Public Records Act.

Trespassing charges against Vt. editor will go to trial

Andrea Papagianis | Newsgathering | Feature | March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012

A Vermont judge declined to dismiss charges against a newspaper publisher who was charged with criminal trespassing while covering an anti-wind energy protest on Lowell Mountain.

Vermont governor signs public records bill

Clara Hogan | Freedom of Information | Feature | June 1, 2011
June 1, 2011

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law Wednesday a public records bill championed by open records advocates who say the changes are long overdue for a state that has consistently received poor transparency rankings.

The legislation, H.B. 73, awards attorneys fees and costs to those who fight public records denials in court and win, and creates a committee to review the number of exemptions to the state’s public records statutes.

Vt. proposal to examine open record exclusions

Alanna Malone | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | March 18, 2008
March 18, 2008

In Vermont last week, the Senate Government Operations Committee approved a bill setting up a  new committee to examine the list of over 207 exemptions to Vermont’s public records law. The proposed committee would also look into the different charges for accessing public records.

Judge keeps police interviews with murder suspect sealed

Amy Harder | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | February 4, 2008
February 4, 2008

Recorded police interviews with the man charged with killing a University of Vermont student will remain sealed for at least a week, a trial judge decided Friday.

Chittenden County Judge Michael Kupersmith held that the audio and video recordings of interviews with Brian Rooney, 37, will be kept private to maintain Rooney’s right to a fair trial and until Kupersmith issues a ruling.

Judge says recordings in murder case are public

Alanna Malone | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 30, 2008
January 30, 2008

A Vermont District Court judge said that he thinks video and audio recordings of interactions the police had with a murder suspect are a matter of public interest that should be released. 

The suspect, Brian Rooney, is charged with the killing of University of Vermont senior Michelle Gardner-Quinn. The material in question covers interviews between the police and the suspect from the time Gardner-Quinn disappeared to when her body was found six days later. 

Save your name calling for the trial

Corinna Zarek | Prior Restraints | Quicklink | January 10, 2008
January 10, 2008

A rare prior restraint on speech has turned up in an unlikely place -- a divorce case -- with a Vermont judge ordering a husband to take down blog postings about his wife and their dissolving marriage. The husband called his postings a "fictionalized account of the marriage" according to a New York Times article, but the wife contended they are defamatory statements and the judge ordered the posts be removed pending a February hearing.