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Daughter of VT criminal judge arrested for DUI, resisting arrest

Her grandparents caught transporting 60 lbs. of marijuana in 2017

Judge’s family in trouble with the law – Jasmine Jiron (Vermont State Police photo, left), daughter of Vermont Superior Court Judge Justin Jiron (right), was arrested August 13 for DUI and resisting arrest in Georgia, VT. His parents Patrick and Barbara (police photos) pleaded no contest in 2018 to attempting to transport 60 lbs. of marijuana across country.

By Guy Page

The daughter of the Vermont Superior Court judge whose parents were found guilty of transporting 60 lbs. of marijuana in 2017 was arrested Saturday, August 13 for drunk driving and resisting arrest.

State police say that Jasmine Jiron, 26, of Underhill, the daughter of Vermont Superior Court Judge Justin Jiron, showed signs of impairment and resisted arrest when found at her disabled vehicle on Skunk Hill Road in Georgia. The Vermont State Police press release reads as follows:

“On 08/13/2022 at approximately 2114 hours, Vermont State Police checked on a disabled vehicle in the location of Route 104A by Skunk Hill Rd in Georgia. The operator was identified as Jasmine Jiron (26) of Underhill. Jiron showed signs of alcohol impairment and was screened for DUI. When attempting to place Jiron into custody for suspicion of DUI, she actively resisted arrest. Jiron was then transported to the St. Albans State Police Barracks for processing. Jiron was released to a sober adult and ordered to appear in Franklin County Superior Court for the charge of DUI #1 and Resisting Arrest.”

Jiron has an adult daughter named Jasmine, according to his bio released by the office of Gov. Phil Scott when Jiron – a former deputy prosecutor under Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George who handled most of the drug cases and liased with the U.S. Attorney’s office – was appointed to the Superior Court post in December, 2021. The August 18 County Courier – the community newspaper for Franklin County, where the offense occurred – cites the familial link with Judge Jiron. The Courier is well-regarded for its hands-on police and court coverage.

Neither Jiron need worry they will face each other court. When arrested, Jasmine Jiron was scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court Monday, August 23. Her father is scheduled to serve as Caledonia/Essex County family/criminal court presiding judge through September. In Vermont, Superior Court judges serve county courts on a rotational basis. Also, a judge assigned to the county court where an offense occurs may recuse him/herself.

According to her LinkedIn page, Jiron has worked in purchasing at Stowe Mountain Company for five years. 

Marijuana seized by a Nebraska sheriff’s office from parents of Vermont judge Justin Jiron in 2017 (police photo).

A quick internet search shows Judge Jiron’s daughter has had no other brushes with the law. The same cannot be said for his parents. In December 2017 Jiron’s parents, Patrick and Barbara Jiron of California, were arrested in Nebraska while allegedly driving 60 pounds of marijuana across country. They told police they were headed to Vermont and planned to distribute the marijuana as Christmas presents. Several weeks later they were stopped by Nebraska police for tailgating. A police dog discovered $18,000 in alleged drug money, carried in bags smelling of marijuana, police say.

After their arrest, George told the Burlington Free Press there is no connection or impact between the elder Jirons and their son’s work for her office. The elder Jirons had no previous criminal records and avoided prison by pleading no contest, according to a September 2018 VTDigger report. 

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6 replies »

  1. The judge needs to step down or be impeached by the Gov. This is so scandalous and I don’t trust him as a judge especially under Sarah George!!!

  2. For months i have been shaking my head on almost a daily basis as Jiron has run a constant “catch and release” program here in the NEK. He repeatedly releases the SAME offenders over and over again, may of whom are major drug dealers from out of state. About 3-months ago he released a Springfield, MA drug dealer arrested on trafficking and gun charges “on conditions.” Just last week the SAME offender was arrested on I91 with a 17-year-old girl and a large amount of fentynal and crack along with cash and a gun. Oh yeah, and for not appearing for the earlier charges!!! All around the mulberry bush . . . This judge is a disgrace to the justice system.

  3. Thank you for the background information, Bill. It is time for people like you to make some noise. Our system of government relies upon laws that are upheld by courts and good muscle of the law through the law enforcement in our communities. We need to hold accountable the system to provide us with this, not loop-d-loop, where’s the integrity? It takes all of us – not just Bill.

  4. our courts, prosecutors, judges seem to be a support system for career violent gun shooting criminals

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