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April 2, 2011 Poll Results

Should the media be banned from court in the case of the 12-year-old Wilton boy accused in the shooting death of his friend?

Yes 67% 364 votes
No 32% 176 votes
Total: 540 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


April 3, 2011
6:22 a.m.

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There are certain cases that deserve to be sensationalized in the press, and some that should not.
This one qualifies as one that needs to be left alone. Two families are enduring intense, numbing grief already....
Let them suffer through the remainder of their respective ordeals free from a mob of intrusive self serving fools.

April 4, 2011
11:15 a.m.

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The names of the people involved are known already. This should be a teaching tool for families that have guns and ammunition in places where children can get to them. Show the pain on the faces of the people involved and maybe, hopefully a life or 2 can be saved.

April 6, 2011
9:13 a.m.

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At first I agreed that it should be banned- then I read MDogsMom response and I changed my mind. I have yet to meet anyone who protected themselves with the use of a gun- ALL the horror stories are of accidents with kids or domestic violence killing because a gun was in the house. Why must guns kill ? Why aren't we asking that question? Why can't they just incapacitate a person? Semi auto-matic weapons have proven they only cause more preventable deaths.

Europeans are quite safer than us and have significantly lower crimes of murder- because not many people have guns over there!!

April 7, 2011
3:48 p.m.

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This decision will affect this boy for the rest of his life. The news stories to date have provided enough of a teaching tool. Any more spotlights on this poor child serve nothing but voyeurism.

April 9, 2011
2:16 a.m.

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I predict our noble news media will say 'the public has a right to know', while what we already know is that it will generate advertising dollars. Nuff said.

airedale1950 has it: the public does not 'have a right to know' about the details of this situation, we do though have a right to a Fourth Estate that's mature enough to discern this. And not being able to would certainly influence whether I want to pay for their content.

April 10, 2011
11:48 a.m.

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Don't you think you have worn this poll out? It is about time to go with a new one.

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