The U.S. Marshals Service says the privacy rights of a man who pleaded guilty to the 2008 kidnap, rape and murder of his 12-year-old niece far outweigh the rights of taxpayers to see the man they will pay to keep behind bars for the rest of his life.
The federal courts in Vermont have taken the first step toward easing restrictions on journalists carrying computers, iPhones and other electronic newsgathering tools past security checkpoints at federal buildings.
The case began to unfold as the Free Press prepared to publish its findings from a two-month investigation into state salaries. James Deeghan was the sixth highest paid state worker, three spots behind the governor and well ahead of the director of the Vermont State Police and his boss, Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn.
By Rosanna Cavanagh, Executive Director, New England First Amendment Coalition, Inc. For decades committed citizens, members of the press and non-profit organizations have been working to strengthen transparency and accountability in Vermont’s government without much to show for it. A 2008 study, conducted by the Better Government Association ranked Vermont 49th in the nation for government transparency. […]