Vermont Supreme Court affirms Bruno's murder convictionStaff Report | October 05,2012The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by convicted killer Jonathan Bruno.
Bruno, who was sentenced to 35 years to life for the 2007 murder of John Baptie, claimed that he was wrongly denied a motion for a new trial after a new witness came forward backing his self-defense claim. His attorney also argued that two jurors should have been excluded for cause and that the jury instructions were vague on how to weigh Bruno's claim of diminished capacity.
The Supreme Court, in an opinion issued Friday, upheld the lower court's rulings on all issues, finding that the new testimony would not likely have altered the verdict, that there were no grounds to exclude the jurors and that the jury instructions were sufficient.MORE IN This Just InVermont author and activist Bill McKibben and fellow organizers of Sundayís Peopleís Climate... Full StoryVermontís official state bird, the hermit thrush, was selected in 1941 for its flute-like song. Full Story
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