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Michael Kainen Picked To Replace Sand As Windsor County State’s Attorney

March 8, 2013 2:15 pm Category: News Leave a comment A+ / A-

By Eric Francis, Standard Correpondent

MONTPELIER — Governor Shumlin announced today that Quechee attorney Michael Kainen will be the next Windsor County State’s Attorney, replacing Woodstock’s Robert Sand when he leaves mid-month to take on a special study project for the governor.

Kainen, a Republican who previously served four terms as a representative for Hartford in the Vermont Legislature, is well-known around at the Windsor District Courthouse in White River Junction where he and his wife, Michelle, had both practiced criminal and bankruptcy law from an office just a block away and around greater Hartford where Michael was just re-elected earlier this week to the post of Town Moderator during town meeting voting.

Kainen has served in 2007 as the executive director of Vermont’s sentencing commission and for the past couple of years has been an assistant state’s attorney in neighboring Orange County.

Kainen has served in 2007 as the executive director of Vermont’s sentencing commission and for the past couple of years has been an assistant state’s attorney in neighboring Orange County.

“Michael’s broad experience in civil and criminal practice, as well as his commitment to teaching and public service, make him a great choice to replace Bobby Sand,” said Gov. Shumlin in a statement.

The other clear contender to replace Sand had been Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney David Cahill who released a statement Friday congratulating Kainen on his appointment and adding, “It was a hard fought campaign among colleagues, and I wish him the best. I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who supported me — outgoing State’s Attorney Robert Sand, our county’s police chiefs, members of the defense bar, and the nearly 100 rank-and-file law enforcement officers who signed a petition on my behalf.”

“Over the next few days and weeks, I will be reaching out personally to thank my supporters,” Cahill continued, “It was an honor to have earned the trust and confidence of the many people who do the difficult, often thankless work of delivering justice to crime victims, offenders, and the taxpaying public. I look forward to playing a continued role in public service and in modernizing our criminal justice system for the benefit of all of its stakeholders.”

Windsor County’s criminal docket is the third or fourth busiest of Vermont’s 13 counties and just so far this year has seen charges ranging from second-degree murder to slave trafficking come through its doors.

Governor Shumlin announced in January that Sand, who has been Windsor County’s chief prosecutor for the past 16 years, would be leaving at his behest and taking up a special post based at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton (where Sand already teaches some law classes) to study whether innovative practices such as “drug courts” used by several other states would make sense to bring to Vermont. Sand said he is especially interested in exploring a “DUI court” model where repeat drunk driving offenders would interact with judges who were in a position to more closely monitor their progress, or lack thereof, in treatment programs designed to ultimately cut down the rate of recidivism.

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