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Victory for Press Rights

In investigating the $500 million Ponzi scheme surrounding the development of Jay Peak in Vermont, VTDigger has hit roadblock after roadblock, as the State of Vermont tries to keep documents back from the public eye.

Teaming up with the Cornell Law School First Amendment Clinic and Tarrant, Gilles & Richardson in Montpelier, Cornell Dolan sued on behalf of VTDigger to force the State to give up documents it had sent to the federal government about its role in the Jay Peak development. The legal team was prepared to litigate the case to the Vermont Supreme Court, hoping to carve out an opening in the state Public Records Law that would allow documents to be made public even when the State claims the document is relevant to current litigation.

In the face of the lawsuit, the State agreed last week to produce the documents. Now VTDigger has only about a million more pages of documents to uncover.

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