BURLINGTON, Vt.–Robert V. Simpson, Jr. has been named interim director of the Criminal Justice program at Champlain College.Simpson is a longtime Vermont attorney and state’s attorney, and he’s been a member of the Vermont Attorney General’s staff, as well. Most recently he conducted civil litigation, including fraud cases, for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Chittenden County State’s Attorney, responsible for an office of 26 staff, a caseload that ranged from domestic assault to murder, and cases generated by more than 300 police officers.Simpson has been an adjunct instructor at Champlain College since 1990, teaching criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, administrative law and white-collar crime courses over the years. He’s currently reworking online courses in these areas and will teach on campus and online this fall. In addition, he will serve as an advisor to Criminal Justice students. Champlain’s program provides a solid foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or investigation, as well as for further study in the field of law.Simpson is an Army veteran and an alumnus of Vermont Law School and Colgate University. He resides in Burlington.# # #
Preparation and discipline enabled the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to take top honours in the National Amateur Boxing Championships held at the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston last weekend. Ten gyms participated, and the JDF scored an impressive 42 points, well ahead of Stanley Couch 22, Bruising 17, St Thomas 14, G.C. Foster 10, Oracabessa 6, Heavy Metal 5, Dream Sports 4, Boys Town 3 and Sugar Olympic 2. Special guests at the finals on Saturday were Oliver McCall, former world heavyweight champion; and USA boxing promoter Chris Joy. The army men were superior to the other teams in every department, and although some of their bouts were keenly contested, they were able to produce the extra spark at the right moment to take the honours. They were very aggressive in the closing 10 seconds of each round, a tactic that paid rich dividends for them. The most exciting bout of the night, was the lightweight contest between the army’s Marvin Shea and Sanjay Williams from Bruising gym, who reached the finals by dethroning defending champion Ricardo Carter from G.C. Foster gym. SPLIT DECISION In a torrid third round, in which both boxers let it all out, Shea’s consistency ruled the day, and he came away with a split decision. He was also voted the outstanding boxer of the competition. Former middleweight champion Janathan Hanson, from Stanley Couch, regained his title with a good victory over Alando Lewis from Heavy Metal gym. Hanson was methodical, and Lewis did not challenge him enough during the encounter to give himself a better chance of victory. The bouts in the heavier weight classes ended with decisions that neither the losers nor the crowd agreed with. In the light-heavyweight division, Ian Darby from the JDF was given the nod over Carlos Dwyer from Stanley Couch. Dwyer was impressive, but the hard working Darby got the nod from the judges. There was also crowd displeasure with the decision in the heavyweight division, when army man Bassanio Shaw outpointed Clive Thomas from St Thomas. This, too, was close, but Shaw finished each round with a flurry of activity, and this assisted his cause. In the Super heavyweight division, veteran Dukey Rowe from Stanley Couch, used his experience to defeat Ricardo Brown from the G.C. Foster gym. The army’s Gilbert Vaz was named the outstanding coach, and a special award was given by the Jamaica Boxing Board to referee/judge Ransford Burton for his invaluable service to boxing.