Not guilty doesn’t equal innocence
Please cease your practice of yellow journalism in criminal cases. You report that a defendant, such as Chris Sullivan, entered a plea of “innocent.” The plea entered was “not guilty.” The report of a claim of innocence suggests a claim of a complete absence of responsibility and provokes your readers. Your job is to educate and inform the public, not to encourage their worst passions. A plea of not guilty is no more than a challenge to and denial of the specific claims made by the state. So please, become responsible reporters of fact and do your duty under and in accordance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 13 of the Vermont Constitution.
ALAN B. GEORGE