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May 9, 2013: Please welcome our new reporter, Ben McIntyre.
April 10, 2013: In response to reader comment, fixed broken link to instruction for cruelty to a child.
March 15, 2013. A busy day for jury instructions at the Vermont Supreme Court. In State v. Casey, 2013 VT 22, the Court provided guidance on how a jury should be instructed in the event that a codefendant pleads guilty in … Continue reading
December 19, 2012: The new instruction on aggravated assault by threatening another with a deadly weapon, 13 V.S.A. § 1024(a)(5), is available here.
November 26, 2012. The revised instruction on unlawful restraint, incorporating language from State v. Carrasquillo, is now available here. Please note that the kidnapping instruction should be updated as well, but this change has not been made yet.
October 29, 2012: At the Fall 2012 meeting, the committee (1) revised instructions on kidnapping and unlawful restraint to incorporate language from State v. Carrasquillo regarding whether a confinement has become sufficiently substantial to meet the elements of the crime. See … Continue reading
September 5, 2012: At the Spring 2012 meeting, the committee took the following actions: (1) a revised definition of the mental state of “willfulness” throughout the instructions; (2) new instructions on juror use of electronic devices, following State v. Abdi, 2012 VT … Continue reading
August 31, 2012: In State v. Bourn, 2012 VT 71 (Aug. 31, 2012), the Vermont Supreme Court held that the offense of aggravated assault by threatening to use a deadly weapon, 13 V.S.A. § 1024(a)(5), “requires that the actor subjectively intend … Continue reading