- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

MONTEPLIER, Vt. (AP) - An attorney for a longtime critic of the way sites for large-scale renewable energy projects are picked in Vermont is demanding the state attorney general’s office halt an investigation into whether she’s been operating as a lawyer without a license.

Annette Smith is the executive director of the group Vermonters for a Clean Environment. Attorney David Sleigh says in a letter to the attorney general’s office that Smith promotes VCE’s economic and environmental positions involving the state’s energy policy, but does not practice law.

Sleigh says Smith helps people who don’t have attorneys protect their legal interests before a regulator board against opposition represented by legal counsel. He says that does not mean she practices law.

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