MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont is arguing that groups suing over problems in its Adult Protective Services Division don't have legal standing to do so, and that the suit should be dismissed.
But Vermont Legal Aid Lawyer Barbara Prine told a judge on Monday that the division set up to investigate abuse and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults is dysfunctional and a "wholesale failure," and that the state is trying to use a legal technicality to duck the problems.
Prine also argued that the state had failed to live up to a corrective action plan designed to address months-long backlogs in investigating abuse and neglect cases.
Assistant Attorney General Todd Daloz said that agreement was not a legally binding contract.
There's no word when the case will be decided.
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