posted at 10:33 am Wed Sep 19th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Candidate for Attorney General, Jack McMullen has laid out the first in a series of detailed reforms to combat drug-driven crime in Vermont, his top priority.
"Vermonters have a right to be safe in their homes and communities and as Attorney General this will be my top priority," McMullen said. "Safety and security is the reason why many residents -- from young working families to retirees -- live in the state in the first place and Bill Sorrell's lack of focus has resulted in a dramatic spike in drug-related crime."
"Those who commit violent crimes in the state or with a history of violence outside of it should not be entitled to be released back into the community in which they are alleged to have committed the latest offense," McMullen said. "For violent criminals and repeat offenders, our policy should be 'jail not bail.'"
He cited two recent examples where the proposed reform would have made Vermonters far safer.
During a home invasion in Enosburg in the early evening of August 21, 2012, Timothy Lacross, 17, of Berkshire and Damien Delisle, 20, of Enosburg encountered the 84 year-old resident while searching for prescription pills and Delisle broke the elderly man's nose pistol whipping him. After stealing pills, they fled on foot, and were arrested by officers at the scene responding to calls by neighbors. (From BFP, 8-21-12)
About a week or ten days later, these two assailants were released to house arrest -- essentially free, inhibited only by the loose strictures of house arrest.
The other instance involves a woman, Shawna Hosmer, 25, an admitted drug addict, who was arrested in early June in connection with a series of burglaries in Burlington. She was released. On September 5, 2012, she broke into home on Colchester Avenue apparently boosting her 5-year old daughter through a window and having her open the front door to gain entry. When the little girl encountered the occupant, Hosmer grabbed her, ran into an alley, then broke into a second home around the corner before being arrested.
Despite repeated drug-related house-break offenses with her children present or aiding her, the Superior Court judge released her into the custody of a 23 year-old friend who herself had a conviction for smuggling contraband into a prison. Her children were left under Hosmer's care instead of being referred to the Vermont Department for Children and Families. (From WCAX, 6-17-12, 9-9-12)
Hosmer is now free to, as well as highly likely to, re-offend. It is only a matter of time before one of these break-ins becomes a home invasion.
"If elected, I will work with the Legislature to implement new statutory guidelines to correct these lapses in the legal system and make an immediate reduction in the volume of drug-induced crime," McMullen said.
About Jack McMullen
Jack McMullen has taught at Harvard Law School and currently works with early stage technology companies as in-house counsel helping them to navigate thorny legal issues commonly encountered as a business gets off the ground.
He has participated in more than 30 jury and non-jury trials in the northeastern, mid-western, southwestern, and western regions of the United States. He is a member of the Bars of New York, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia as well as of the associated federal courts.
From 1993 to 1997, he was an informal advisor to Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) when the senator sought input on crime and pension reform issues. In 2004, Jack was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate from Vermont.
He is a Navy veteran who served on the staff of Admiral Rickover overseeing the retrofit of advanced technology reactors into the Navy's nuclear fleet.
Jack is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University in Applied Physics and Engineering and received a JD with Honors from Harvard Law School and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a First Year Baker Scholar.
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