Shumlin appoints Crawford to Vt. Supreme CourtThe Associated Press | September 20,2013MONTPELIER - Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Friday he was appointing Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford to the Vermont Supreme Court.
"Geoff's compassion and his years of experience as a trial judge, where he has served with a collegial attitude and well-regarded intellect, will make him a very strong addition to the Supreme Court," Shumlin said in a statement issued by his office.
Crawford replaces Associate Justice Brian Burgess, who recently announced his retirement. Shumlin was expected to elevate someone with experience as a trial court judge to the five-member Supreme Court. Of the court's four other jurists, only Marilyn Skoglund has previous experience as a trial judge.
In the statement issued by Shumlin's office, Crawford was quoted as saying: "It is a joy and a great honor to serve in the Vermont judiciary with so many dedicated staff members and fellow judges all working together to ensure justice for Vermonters. I am deeply grateful for this new opportunity."
An employee at the Superior Court for Franklin County in St. Albans, where Crawford had been sitting most recently, said Friday that the judge was away until Wednesday. A phone message left for a Geoffrey Crawford listed in Burlington, where the judge lives, was not immediately returned.
As a Superior Court judge, Crawford has ruled in recent years in several high-profile cases involving alleged campaign finance law violations and public access to government records, among others.
In June 2011, he ruled against a Democratic-oriented political action committee, saying the group violated Vermont's campaign laws by going beyond issue advocacy in its ads and openly criticizing the Republican gubernatorial candidate.
That October, Crawford ruled against the Republican Governors Association in a case stemming from the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Attorney General William Sorrell said the RGA improperly failed to register as a political action committee and exceeded Vermont's spending limits.
Crawford ruled for public disclosure in a case in which state officials were slow to release police video of an officer pulling over former state Auditor Thomas Salmon for drunken driving.
The position of associate justice pays about $124,000 a year.MORE IN This Just InNORWICH — The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal... Full StoryDORSET — A proposed event space for the Dorset Inn and Barrows House campus, which would have a... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.