Here is the an open letter from Charlotte Dennett, the brave Progressive Party candidate for attorney general of Vermont, who will appoint the emminent former DA Vincent Bugliosi as special prosecutor to indict Bush for murder. Let me say that again: if she's elected SHE WILL HAVE BUSH INDICTED FOR MURDER. See her web site for more information. (dennettforag.com)
Ms. Dennett will be appearing with Mr. Bugliosi and congressional candidate Thomas Hermann in Brattleboro soon, possibly this Sunday.
Please consider how you want to be part of this urgent and absolutely necessary cause, and respond to this e-letter with your suggestions or call 257-4995.
My race for the Attorney General is the culmination of 30 years of investigative journalism and 11 years of practicing law in Vermont, mostly as a personal injury attorney. Most of my professional life has been devoted to writing and fighting against injustice and exposing wrongdoing at all levels.Prosecuting Criminals
The Office of Attorney General allows me to combine my investigative skills with my legal powers in order to put these skills to work for you. As the state's top lawyer, I will prosecute those who willfully break the law. I believe that no one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.Protecting Consumers
As the state's top consumer advocate, I will vigorously investigate inflated prescription drug pricing, credit card ripoffs, predatory bank lending, gas price gouging, and other forms of consumer fraud. I strongly believe that wrongdoers must be held accountable for their acts. I will also encourage the legislature to enact a temporary moratorium on home foreclosures if predatory lending was involved.Fighting Discrimination
In this unstable economy I anticipate an increase in unfair firings and hirings. I will rigorously enforce employment discrimination laws that protect against discrimination based on (among other things) race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and HIV status.
The Attorney General also protects workers against retaliation if they make worker's compensation claims, and protects all workers against retaliation if they file a discrimination claim.Shielding Whistleblowers
Vermont has a shockingly poor record for protecting workers if they engage in whistleblowing, with only limited protection for private sector employees (Vermont nurses) and zero protection for public sector employees. An Accountablity Report Card issued by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility gave Vermont the lowest grade, ranking 51 out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia) for failure to have a general whistleblower statute for government employees. As Attorney General, I will strongly recommend passage of a Vermont False Claims Act that will protect both public and private sector employees against retaliation for whistleblowing, and will compensate them should they prevail in their claim. Protecting the Environment for all Vermonters
The Attorney General's office is charged with protecting the environment. The central issue of this legislative session will be whether or not to re-license Vermont Yankee in 2012. Recent problems - leaks in the cooling tower, increased radiation levels - are serious warnings that this aging nuclear plant - one of the oldest in the country - cannot produce increased power levels of 20% without posing a serious risk to our communities. Re-licensing is a mistake. We must -- and we can -- find alternative energy sources. Reforming Sex Offender Laws
Following the tragic murder of young Brooke Bennett this summer, the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to personal testimonies from affected Vermonters revealing many differing opinions about our sex offender laws. For all the differing ideas, ranging from minimum mandatory prison sentences of 25 years and lifelong electronic monitoring to DNA sampling, periodic polygraph testing and improved access to offenders' records, there appears to be general agreement on one basic issue: that the police and prosecutors need better tools for catching the offenders I will listen to all sides before recommending reforms. Meanwhile, I encourage voters to read the article in the Rutland Herald, September 17, 2008, 'Forum: Sex Laws Need Work.'
Charlotte Dennett for Attorney General
PO Box 281, Montpelier VT 05601