A domestic and sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial on Monday after Orleans Superior Court Judge Lisa A. Warren announced that she had just tested positive for COVID-19.

A domestic and sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial on Monday after Orleans Superior Court Judge Lisa A. Warren announced that she had just tested positive for COVID-19. The trial of Lawrence A. Dizazzo began last week and was well underway with the defense ready to present evidence on Monday. But the trial was canceled because Judge Warren could not continue to be present in the courtroom due to her positive test. Witnesses say Judge Warren appeared in the courtroom by video at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, said she wasn’t feeling well, had just tested positive for the virus and dismissed the jury resulting in a mistrial. Less than an hour later, the Orleans County Court Clerk’s Office sent out an email to all prosecutors and defense attorneys announcing that Judge Warren will not be available for the remainder of the week and that all Orleans criminal hearings are being postponed. The Orleans County Courthouse in Newport had just been re-opened for jury trials after the Vermont judiciary went from months of declaring the building unsafe for trials to suddenly announcing in December that the installation of a heating coil in the courthouse ventilation system made it safe again.  Earlier this month, Caledonia Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Tomasi canceled all January jury trials at the St. Johnsbury courthouse citing concerns about the spread of the Omicron virus and the high case count in Vermont. Dizazzo, 37, was accused in September of 2018 of 1st degree aggravated domestic assault and sexual assault following an incident on Lake Willoughby Road in Barton. He is being held at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. Judge Warren previously served as Caledonia Country State’s Attorney before being appointed to the bench by Gov. Phil Scott in 2019.

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