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Author Archives: Michael Csere
September 8, 2020: The Committee has updated the instructions and reporter’s note for the crime of eluding a police officer.
August 28, 2020: The Committee has revised the instruction for the mental state “recklessly,” CR06-141, and the accompanying reporter’s note. The revised instruction and note can be found on the Mental Elements page.
December 20, 2019: The Committee has prepared instructions and a reporter’s note for aggravated animal cruelty, available here.
November 22, 2019: The Committee has revised the reporter’s notes for the general and specific unanimity instructions to incorporate a reference to the recent case of State v. Robitille, 2019 VT 36, ¶¶ 47–50. The Committee has also inserted a … Continue reading
October 22, 2019: The Committee has added a new instruction for situations where one or more charges have been dismissed pursuant to a V.R.Cr.P. 29(a) motion for judgment of acquittal, but where other charges remain for the jury’s consideration. The … Continue reading
September 20, 2019: The Committee has added new instructions for DUI-serious bodily injury and DUI-death resulting, and a new reporter’s note to accompany those instructions. Those revisions are available here.
August 19, 2019: The Committee has revised the reporter’s note for the crime of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a Child to include a reference to State v. Discola, 2018 VT 7, ¶¶ 23–24, 207 Vt. 216.
July 26, 2019: The Committee has revised the Self Defense (use of deadly force) instruction, CR07-111, to reflect that not all uses of deadly force result in a killing.
July 8, 2019: The Committee has revised the reporter’s notes in three different places to incorporate a reference to State v. Kuzawski, 2017 VT 118, ¶¶ 8–18, 206 Vt. 351, which discusses the definition of “deadly weapons”: CR10-211. General Definition … Continue reading
July 8, 2019: The Committee has revised the reporter’s note accompanying the general “attempt” instruction (CR09-201) to incorporate references to more recent cases discussing attempt, including State v. Sawyer, 2018 VT 43, ¶¶ 12–22.