Convicted former lawmaker wins new trial

November 16, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont state senator convicted of setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintances has won an appeal for a new trial.

The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of 66-year-old Norman McAllister.

The court said the lower court was wrong to admit inadmissible evidence and instruct the jury during its deliberations to disregard unstricken and admitted testimony.

McAllister, of Highgate Center, was sentenced last year to one year of probation and mandatory sex offender treatment. He has maintained his innocence. Charges were dismissed against McAllister in a sexual assault trial involving a different accuser who lied.

Lawmakers voted to suspend the state senator after his arrest in 2015.

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