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Author Archives: Michael Csere
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.
April 4, 2019: The Committee has revised the Reporter’s Note for unlawful trespass to incorporate a reference to the Vermont Supreme Court’s recent decision in State v. Pixley, 2018 VT 110.
March 8, 2019: The Committee has updated the reference to “Department of Health” in instruction CR30-051 to instead reflect the “Department of Public Safety.”
February 15, 2019: The Committee has added a new reporter’s note to accompany instruction CR07-091, “The Aggressor and Self-Defense.”
January 18, 2019: The Committee has revised the instructions and reporter’s notes for Lewdness and the reporter’s notes for the Prohibited Acts crimes in light of In re K.A., 2016 VT 52, ¶ 21, 202 Vt. 86 and 13 V.S.A. … Continue reading
January 2, 2019: The Committee has posted a revised instruction and new Reporter’s Note for the defense of entrapment, available here.
October 18, 2018: The Committee has drafted a new instruction for when a criminal offense is charged as a hate crime under 13 V.S.A. § 1455. The instruction and an accompanying reporter’s note are available here.
October 18, 2018: The Committee has revised the reporter’s notes for homicide to include references to three recent Supreme Court cases: In re Sharrow, 2017 VT 69; State v. Webster, 2017 VT 98; and State v. Baird, 2017 VT 78. … Continue reading
July 19, 2018: The Committee has drafted a new instruction for the crime of stalking, reflecting the 2015 statutory amendments. The Committee has also revised the Reporter’s Notes accompanying the stalking instructions. The new instruction and revised Reporter’s Notes are … Continue reading