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Appeal planned in Burlington Telecom lawsuit

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lawyers for two former Burlington city councilors say they will appeal a Vermont Superior Court ruling that cleared Burlington's former chief administrative officer of wrongdoing in connection with the city's dealings with a troubled telecommunications utility.

A lawsuit filed against Jonathan Leopold stemmed from his transfer of nearly $17 million from the city's general fund to Burlington Telecom, provider of phone, Internet and cable television in 2008 and 2009. The suit said the transfer violated state and city regulations.

Judge Helen Toor ruled June 3 that Leopold believed he acted in the city's best interest, although she said he kept secret for too long the telecom's troubled finances and the transfer.

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