Shumlin’s Lawyer Says Land Dispute to End
Montpelier (ap) — A lawyer for Gov. Peter Shumlin says he’s hopeful a dispute that developed after Shumlin bought his East Montpelier neighbor’s home and property could be settled this week.
Montpelier lawyer Jerome Diamond, a former Vermont attorney general who is representing Shumlin, tells the Times Argus and Rutland Herald the two sides are reviewing a number of options to settle the complaints voiced by Shumlin neighbor Jerry Dodge and his family.
“We have reviewed a number of options,” Diamond said Monday. “And we should know something by the middle of this week as to whether any of those options are going to be acceptable.”
Shumlin bought Dodge’s property — which was later valued by the town at $140,000 — for $58,000 last fall, as Dodge was facing a tax sale on the property.
Dodge and his allies since then have complained that Shumlin acted unfairly, and Shumlin agreed several weeks ago to renegotiate the deal.
Shumlin, a Democrat, has defended the deal as fair, and has maintained he was trying to help his neighbor out of a jam.
Dodge’s lawyer is Brady Toensing, who has worked with Republican candidates in Vermont and whose law firm, diGenova and Toensing, has strong Republican ties in Washington. Contacted by cell phone, Toensing said he did not wish to comment.