Allegations against Smith are dropped

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Ms. Smith brings Don Nelson to the podium to discuss his concerns about wind power. Mr. Nelson is bound by a gag order imposed when he sold his farm to Green Mountain Power, and declined to speak. Photo by Joseph Gresser
Ms. Smith brings Don Nelson to the podium to discuss his concerns about wind power. Mr. Nelson is bound by a gag order imposed when he sold his farm to Green Mountain Power, and declined to speak. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

MONTPELIER — The 80 or so supporters of Annette Smith who filled the Cedar Creek Room at the State House here Monday arrived spoiling for a fight.

Their emotion changed from anger to jubilation when Ms. Smith’s lawyer, David Sleigh, announced that the state Attorney General’s office had found no merit to allegations that she has been practicing law without a license.

Ms. Smith, who heads Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE), has worked with a number of individuals and towns opposing big wind and solar projects, including some in Orleans County. Although she does not speak on their behalf in proceedings before the Public Service Board (PSB), she does provide advice on the process, and she helps with documents and… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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