Two female attorneys accused a judge of sexist, degrading and condescending behavior toward women during a hearing on whether he should be given another six-year term.
Judge Samuel Hoar, a South Burlington resident appointed to the Vermont Superior Court in 2014, faced the allegations during a public hearing, the first step in a periodic legislative review process. Hoar, a member of the Vermont Bar for more than 30 years, is up for review with his current term ending in 2020.
The two women, including a deputy state’s attorney, testified despite fears of repercussions.
Hoar attended the hearing but made no public comment. Attempts to reach Hoar after the hearing were unsuccessful. A senator called the women’s testimony “disturbing.”
Ashley Hill, deputy state’s attorney in Washington County, was one of the women who testified on Wednesday night in Montpelier.