Search warrant to be released Friday
By Patrick McArdle
Staff Writer | January 30,2013
BENNINGTON — Following the execution of a search warrant on Jan. 21 at Bennington Subaru and the private home of owner Thomas Lyons, a judge has issued an order saying he will release the contents of at least one of the search warrants involved on Friday.
The Rutland Herald requested the release of the warrants, supporting affidavits and the results of the warrant on Jan. 22 but Judge Cortland Corsones allowed time for both the Bennington County State's
Attorney's Office and Lyons' attorney, David Silver, to respond to the request.
On Jan. 22, the state asked that parts of the two search warrants be sealed because a third search warrant in the case had not been served. The state's motions cited concerns that releasing the information prematurely could damage the investigation of an unnamed woman who was the target of the third search warrant.
Silver argued on Jan. 23 that the warrants should be sealed to protect Lyons' privacy. According to Silver, releasing the contents of the warrants before any decision had been made about whether a crime had been committed or charges would be filed would damage Lyons' reputation and business.
By Jan. 23, all three search warrants had been filed and the state took no position on their release.
A decision released Wednesday by Corsones said some of the materials in the warrants would be released on Friday but said some material would remain sealed or redacted. Much of that decision is sealed because releasing information about what is sealed would effectively defeat the purpose of the seal.
Law enforcement officers have not yet publicly released information about the reason for the searches of Lyons' home and business.