Erin Brockovich post on her Face Book page regarding Annette Smith criminal investigation by AG in Vermont

The head of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Annette Smith, is under criminal investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s office for alleged "unauthorized practice of law". Whoever could have imagined helping people have a voice in regulatory proceedings would lead to this; it is obviously politically motivated. I am outraged.

The charge is highly unusual; if there is prosecution, it would be tried at the Vermont Supreme Court. This hasn’t happened since 1962 and only five times in the history of Vermont. The legal community in Vermont is scratching their heads, outraged, and various things in between.

A gofundme page was set up yesterday to help with her legal feeshttps://www.gofundme.com/74kx663w

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Comment by Penny Gray on January 26, 2016 at 11:35am

This could turn out to be as beneficial as MDOT taking all the Moosehead signs.  Annette should file a counter-suit charging them with harrassment and defamation of character.  Erin Brokovitch must know a good attorney.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on January 26, 2016 at 10:48am

Agree with you Arthur , I think they must be twisting their tongues regretting this cowardly attempt at shutting  up a champion of the harassed and abused citizens . This is going to advance the cause of the education about  this corrupt industry in an exponential fashion thanks to social media 

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 26, 2016 at 10:00am

The Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct – In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court promulgated the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct (“the Rules”). The Rules are often referred to as “the ethics rules.” A lawyer who violates the Rules is subject to having a disciplinary sanction imposed against his or her law license.

The Attorney General’s Office has overstepped its constitutional mandate by initiating an investigation (whether founded or unfounded) into an allegation of “practicing law without a license” and Sorrell and his assistant should, themselves, be subjected to sanctions by the Supreme Court’s Professional Responsibility Program coordinated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Beth DeBernardi, Esq., Disciplinary Counsel for their transgression.

Professional Responsibility Program detailed at:https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/LC/attydiscipline.aspx

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 26, 2016 at 9:09am

It is most clear that Annette has a legal case against the imbecile attorney making the politically motivated , unfounded  frivolous and  capricious charges against her. Annette now has grounds to attack this attorney's license on the grounds that he utilized his license to harass, intimidate  and abuse the privileges  he was given as a bar member of Vermont.

She should be saying, "make my day,bring it  to trial,and I have your license to practice in my sights" 

Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on January 24, 2016 at 1:40pm

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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