On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, VTDigger reported that the Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the possible suspension of Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos’ law license.

Vekos faces issues related to her refusal to provide information about her recent medical leave to the disciplinary counsel for the Vermont Professional Responsibility Board. The leave occurred after Vekos’ January 25 arrest for driving under the influence in Bridport. She pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge on February 12.

Jon Alexander, disciplinary counsel for the board, filed a petition on February 29 seeking Vekos’ “interim suspension.” Alexander argued in his 14-page filing that Vekos’ failure to provide information about her three week medical leave, as well as relevant health records, was a violation of her duty of cooperation. He believes her return to work could pose a “present and substantial threat of serious harm to the public.”

However, Vekos’ attorney David Sleigh disputed that Alexander is entitled to the information he requested. In response, Sleigh argued there has been no reasonable showing that Vekos’ conduct demonstrates harm to the public or impairment in her ability to practice law. He stated the request for suspension was “counter to destigmatizing medical and mental health needs.”

Vekos announced on March 3 that she would return to work the following day. She emailed Vermont media describing her leave as taking time for personal and professional reflection on the DUI incident and its impacts.

The Vermont Supreme Court will now consider Alexander’s petition and arguments from both sides at the March 20 hearing. A decision on any possible suspension of Vekos’ law license awaits the court. Meanwhile, the DUI case is proceeding with the next court date of May 8 in Chittenden County.

 

 

Source: VTDigger