Author: Courtney Lamdin

Now, more than ever, free speech is vital

Inside this week’s paper, readers will find a flyer from Vermont Right to Life, a pro-life advocacy group that aims to inform public opinion on abortion and physician-assisted death. The last time our papers ran this flyer – a paid advertisement inserted into the newspaper – we got a lot of grief for it. Pro-choice advocates called and emailed, saying they’d never read or advertise in our papers again. Some asked to stop delivery of the paper. We recognize while some readers may appreciate this flyer, others may have a similar reaction as before. And we understand. This conundrum...

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Liebrecht: Free speech protects revenge porn

The former Vermont House candidate charged with disseminating revenge porn has asked a judge to throw out the case, saying the state law is unconstitutional. Patrick Liebrecht, 57, of Colchester was charged with the misdemeanor in September for an incident police say occurred in July, a few months after his breakup with the alleged victim. The Vermont Republican Party first broke the news of the charge just before the general election in November, disavowing the candidate, who lost his bid for a seat in Colchester’s 9-1 House district. An affidavit says Liebrecht, angry with his ex, posted a topless...

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House candidate denies revenge porn charge

  A Colchester candidate for the Vermont House is denying a criminal charge under Vermont’s so-called revenge porn law. Last Thursday, the Vermont Republican Party officially disavowed Pat Liebrecht, who was charged under the statute in late September, a police affidavit shows. Passed in 2015, the statute outlaws the disclosure of sexually explicit images of adults without their consent. Liebrecht, 57, ran unsuccessfully for Colchester’s 9-1 House district, which was held by incumbents Jim Condon (D) and Joey Purvis (R). Purvis was unseated on Tuesday by Democrat Curt Taylor. Liebrecht ran unopposed in the August primary. Reached last week,...

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AG contenders prioritize opiate fight

The two major party candidates for Vermont’s next attorney general debated for the fourth time this election season last Sunday. Democrat TJ Donovan of South Burlington and Republican Deb Bucknam of Walden drew out their differences but also found some common ground, particularly with the state’s opioid crisis. Liberty Union Party member Rosemarie Jackowski of Bennington was invited but did not attend the debate. Both candidates named Vermont’s opiate epidemic a top priority. Donovan, a state’s attorney in Chittenden County for 10 years, said his approach includes taking down drug dealers, holding pharmaceutical companies responsible and expanding treatment opportunities....

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Police seek park flasher

Police are investigating allegations of a man exposing himself in a Winooski park, a press release said. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations and Winooski police are seeking a male suspect who, on two accounts, “lewdly and lasciviously exposed himself to two females” at Gilbrook Natural Area. The first incident occurred the evening of August 31 and the second on the morning of September 1, a press release said. The suspect was described as a 5’10” to 6 feet tall Caucasian male in his late 20s or early 30s with a muscular or stocky build and short blonde hair,...

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