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Judge says impaired murder suspect understood rights

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copyright the Chronicle August 30, 2017   by Paul Lefebvre   NEWPORT — Can an inebriated murder suspect understand the rights he has given up when consenting to talk to police at the time of his arrest? In a 12-page ruling following hearings and expert testimo... More »

Defendants can have long jail wait before trial

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copyright the Chronicle July 26, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — According to the U.S. and Vermont constitutions, anyone charged with a crime is entitled to a speedy trial by a jury of his or her peers. But that basic promise can’t be kept in Orleans Coun... More »