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Newspaper Editorials and Columns

Here is a list of newspaper editorials and columns about Woody and his legacy. Most of newspapers have both print and electronic editions. Cached text is available only for electronic versions of the columns.

Articles

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12/03/01 A full inquiry
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The Rutland Herald Appropriate for state Attorney General to investigate, since removed from Windham county; need for accountability
12/05/01 Where is John Martin
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The Brattleboro Reformer Police chief position has not been advertised. Remillard should consider applicants other than John Martin for chief
12/0?/01 Police shooting raises suspicions
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The Burlington Free Press at least 2 shots came as Woody lay on his side; points out conflict of interest in DA investigating police
12/20/01 acknowledging the grief
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The Brattleboro Reformer first acknowledgment of effect of killing 16 days after event; many frightening aspects of event, need for justice
12/22/01 Confidence eroded
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The Brattleboro Reformer says opinions of supporters of Woody and of police are worthless, whereas actual witnesses have a damning view of police
01/13/02 Independent inquiry needed in church shooting
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The Burlington Free Press raises many of the same questions the justiceforwoody group has.
02/08/02 Lips are sealed
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The Rutland Herald critical of BPD secrecy around Blood and Woodward killings. inaccurately describes Woody as 'brandishing' knife.
02/12/02 What's wrong in Vermont?
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TheDay.com Condemns the shabby treatment Vermont officials have given the Woodwards
02/??/02 Vermont at risk
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bratguide bemoans events including the shooting of Woody and the lack of an independent investigation of it as threatening the qualities of Vermont that are so cherished.
03/13/02 The sound of silence
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The Brattleboro Reformer An excellent tribute to Tommy Thomas, and describes his role as a witness to the shooting.
04/03/02 Loss of trust
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The Rutland Herald Largely buys conclusions of Sorrell.
04/05/02 Investigating a tragedy
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The Burlington Free Press Accepts Sorrell's report as credible. Makes allegation that Woody had a "history of mental problems", one that wasn't even in the report.
04/05/02 Report fails to answer questions in police shooting
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The Burlington Free Press Notes defficiencies of report in analyzing specifics of shooting. Takes Sorrell to taks for praising officers as courageous.
04/06/02 Credit where it's due
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The Brattleboro Reformer Commends BPD for handling of canal street indicent without loss of life.
04/06/02 Two rights won't right a wrong
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The Rutland Herald Author says VT Supreme Court has held that police need only percieve a threat to be justified in using deadly force. Actually court decisions have the word 'reasonable'.
04/13/02 Sorrell's report on Woodward case falls short
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The Burlington Free Press The BFP promoted Jim Hoffman's letter to editorial. Notes biases and omissions in Sorrell's report. Counters BFP allegation Woody had 'history of mental problems', and insists Woody never would have hurt anyone.
07/12/02 Straight talk
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The Brattleboro Reformer Points out shortcommings of the Brattleboro Police Community Relations Committee.
09/25/02 Ask the hard questions
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The Brattleboro Reformer
10/21/02 A new type of attorney general
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The Brattleboro Reformer
01/02/03 Halos and Horns
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The Valley Advocate Awards Justice for Woodey its 'halo' award.
03/21/03 The slow wheels of Justice
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The Brattleboro Reformer
04/12/03 Whitewash
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The Brattleboro Reformer
12/02/03 The bite from a sleeping dog
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The Brattleboro Reformer
12/03/04 Robert Woodward and society’s climate of fear
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Vermont Guardian

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