Judge orders Newport store owner to pay $850 for mask violation

Former Newport UPS store owner Michael Desautels (left) has been ordered by a judge to pay $850 in penalties for violating mask guidelines.

NEWPORT – Orleans Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout yesterday ordered former UPS Store owner Michael Desautels to pay $850 in penalties, as the Attorney General’s Office had requested.

In March, the court ruled in the state’s favor that the Governor’s Executive Order and the related rules established by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development were enforceable and that Desautels had violated the rules by failing to follow the requirement that employees wear masks at work.

The amount of the monetary penalty was the sole subject of today’s hearing.

In its complaint, the State of Vermont alleged that Desautels was in violation of Governor Scott’s orders by working in the presence of others without wearing required cloth face coverings.

“I am pleased that the Court ordered the requested penalty,” said Attorney General Donovan. “I thank the vast majority of Vermonters who followed the science, sacrificed, and kept themselves and our community safe.”

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  1. Derby Port Press ATTN: Michael Desautels 137 Main St. Newport, VT 05855 for those interested in supporting this business owners brave stand against a corrupt system dripping with compromised actors! Are there even any Constitutional lawyers in this state who would get their rear-ends off the fence and step up to appeal this? Doubt it – worthless….take names and wait for it!

  2. he has searched far and wide for a good constitutional lawyer, they are all too afraid of losing their licenses to buck the state!

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