Former Sen. McAllister cleared of all charges, Senate suspension vote remembered – Vermont Daily Chronicle

The Vermont Senate voted in 2016 to suspend a Franklin County senator after he was charged with soliciting prostitution. Almost four years later, he’s been cleared of all charges.

"McAllister lost a re-election bid in 2016. Since his arrest, it’s been a long and winding road through the Vermont court system for McAllister. But here’s the bottom line: he has been cleared of all charges brought against him. The prosecutors did their job, the judge and jury did theirs, and this is the outcome: he’s not guilty of any crime.

Two weeks before the vote, Flory argued that a suspension was playing “judge and jury” with McAllister. Her proposed amendment to establish a Senate committee to take action after a court decision was rejected. The majority of the Vermont Senate was not content in 2016 to do nothing while criminal justice took its course. Majority Leader Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden) was quoted by Seven Days as saying at December 2015 committee hearing about the resolution: “When we move through the building, people are helping us, serving us, staffing us – and it’s a huge responsibility. If there’s a question, a substantial question, a felony question, about whether that power has been abused….I believe, absolutely, the course of action is to suspend that person pending the outcome.”"

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