William Sorrell

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont State Police will meet with federal authorities Friday to determine if an investigation is warranted, and who would have jurisdiction, regarding allegations of criminal misconduct by Vermont’s Attorney General.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Bill Sorrell is the longest serving Attorney General in Vermont history.  First appointed to the office by Governor Howard Dean, he was initially sworn in on May 1, 1997.  He has since won re-election every two years. But on September 28th,   Sorrell announced that he will not run again.  The Attorney General tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief  Pat Bradley why he decided to retire.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont legislature passed a law last session requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods.  It was immediately challenged by major food producers.  Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is defending the law. That was among the topics he discussed earlier this week with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Thomas Wanhoff/Flickr

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell has joined other states in asking Congress to fund anti-human trafficking measures.

Don Hankins/Flickr

Vermont Representative Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about scams to defraud the elderly.

Vt gov, AG disagree on access to police files

Jan 18, 2013
Community College of Vermont / Flickr

  

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Gov. Peter Shumlin and Attorney General William Sorrell appear to be at odds over a Shumlin proposal to grant more public access to police records.

Shumlin has said recently that access to records of police investigations is too restricted under current law. He wants a system of access to police records used by the federal government. They would be presumed open, except when a private citizen's privacy might be invaded or police investigative techniques might be compromised.