Samuel Hoar

Vermont Superior Court Judge and South Burlington resident Samuel Hoar was appointed to the court in 2014.

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.

Read more at VTDigger.org (Two attorneys allege aggressive, sexist behavior by Vermont judge).

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