Long-time VT AG Sorrell to Seek Re-election

Oct 19, 2013

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Credit Josh Larkin / Vermont Digger

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says he has some unfinished business he wants to complete, so the 66-year-old says he'll seek another term next year.

Sorrell has been re-elected every two years since former Gov. Howard Dean appointed him to the post in 1997, but last year narrowly survived a challenge in the Democratic primary by Chittenden County prosecutor T.J. Donovan.

Sorrell says he wants to continue pursuing the state's crackdown on abusive claims by companies that Vermont businesses are infringing on their patents — so-called "patent trolling." He says the inclusion of third-party charges on cellphone bills — known as "wireless cramming," is a new consumer protection concern. And he says child pornography needs more enforcement attention.

Donovan isn't commenting on whether he'll run again next year.

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