Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Attorney General’s Office Asks Court To Compel EELI To Follow Vermont Law

November 3, 2017

CONTACT: TJ Donovan, Attorney General, 802 595 8679

November 3, 2017

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office filed a motion today to compel the Energy and Environmental Legal Institute (EELI) to respect a Vermont Judge’s order not to depose two assistant attorneys general. EELI has demanded the depositions of both employees even though Judge Mary Miles Teachout recently refused to allow EELI to depose them in another case. Judge Teachout rejected EELI’s first request because the employees were not parties to the lawsuit. EELI makes a similar argument to depose these two employees, therefore Judge Teachout’s previous ruling should be applied in this case.

In the present case, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office has already produced over 300 pages of records to EELI and fully complied with the Public Records Act. The AGO also offered to make an official representative available to explain the searches it conducted, but EELI rejected this proposal. Yet EELI has not made any allegations suggesting that it has not received every document it is entitled to receive. Nor has EELI made any allegations suggesting that the individual employees it seeks to question have done anything wrong. It is critical for employees of the State of Vermont to know that they can do their jobs without being harassed.

Attorney General TJ Donovan said: “We have produced all the records that the Court instructed us to produce. We will always comply with the Court, but we object to being subjected to a fishing expedition.”

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