Vermont judge questioned at conduct board hearing

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BURLINGTON (AP) - Vermont's Judicial Conduct Board is hearing a complaint about a judge accused of inserting inaccurate information into a divorce case record.

The Burlington Free Press reports District Court Judge Gregory Rainville is facing possible disciplinary action for placing a notation in a Dec. 15, 2011, order that wrongly indicated he told a man to be at a hearing to discuss lowering alimony payments.

The man's lawyer told the court his client would be "in transit" back to his job in China and asked that the January 2012 hearing be delayed. Rainville refused and later dismissed the case on grounds that the man failed to attend. The state Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

Rainville said the family court docket is so busy that scheduling time for hearings is difficult.


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