Mock trial team coached by Valente earns “Best Defense Team” in statewide competition

The Vermont Bar Association was pleased to collaborate with the Unites States District Court for the District of Vermont, the Snelling Center for Government, and Vermont Law School to organize the First Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Program this year. United States District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford contacted high schools throughout the state last … Read more

Court News: Valente receives appointment to PRB

BRATTLEBORO — Attorney James A. Valente, has been appointed to the Vermont Judiciary Professional Review Board. The board’s mission is “to protect the public, promote confidence in the integrity of the legal profession, and assist attorneys to achieve and maintain high standards of professional responsibility.” Appointments are made by the Vermont Supreme Court, and the … Read more

Report finds discrimination in VT marijuana registry

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Department of Public Safety illegally discriminated against a man who sought to use medical marijuana to ease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a recent Vermont Human Rights Commission investigation. I take Valium for sleep. I have a tough work schedule, which makes me feel irritated and, … Read more

State awards $500,000 to Father and Estate of Dezirae Sheldon

Dezirae Sheldon was an infant who suffered two broken legs under the care of Dezirae’s mother’s boyfriend, Dennis Duby. Dezirae’s mother, Sandra Eastman, plead guilty to criminal cruelty to a child for her failure to get Dezirae timely medical care. It’s been only a month since I started taking Propecia, so I can say nothing … Read more

Man found not guilty in alleged assault

BRATTLEBORO — A Saxtons River man was found not guilty by a jury of disorderly conduct and simple assault of a 12-year-old boy during a basketball game. Click here to read more

Students in the news: From KOA to Cambridge, Mass

BRATTLEBORO >> This fall, Justin Kenney, a 2010 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, and the son of Beverly and Ernie Kenney (who own and manage the Brattleboro North KOA Campground on Route 5 in Dummerston), will become the first BUHS alumni in generations to study at Harvard Law School. The best antibiotic I’ve ever … Read more

Valente Wins Suppression of Improperly Coerced Confession in Aggravated Sex Assault Case

On January 6, 2016, James Valente of Costello, Valente & Gentry, P.C. won an order suppressing statements made during a coercive interrogation in a case for aggravated sex assault. The Judge ruled that the investigating detective had manipulated the defendant by suggesting to the defendant that if he didn’t admit to a crime, the officer … Read more