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How the police have changed over the past 50 years

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The use of lethal force by police officers in Ferguson and Staten Island has raised many concerns about the dynamic between police and citizens and underlined the fact that all time favorite fictional policeman, Sheriff Andy Taylor of the Andy Griffith TV show, is very much an out-of-date...

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

"If your image of American policing is Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, who used homespun wisdom and a deep knowledge of his community to solve their problems and keep big city crime at bay, you won’t recognize the picture Radley Balko paints of modern law enforcement in his excellent new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces."

Are There No Prisons? Are There No Workhouses?

The blog is proud to name Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Hub Harrington the winner of its Sheriff Andy Taylor Memorial Public Servant Of The Day award

Andy Griffith: "What It Was, Was Football"

By Richard K. Barry Andy Griffith died a couple of days ago at the age of 86. Everyone knows him as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the old Andy Griffith Show on television or as Matlock in the legal drama that was on years later. Before any of that, Griffith had a career in comedy and on Broadway. Show More Summary

The Throwback: Sheriff Andy Taylor's many women

Without much crime to solve in North Carolina’s fictional Mayberry, Sheriff Andy Taylor had plenty of time to woo the ladies on “The Andy Griffith Show.” From the widowed father’s first girlfriend, Ellie Walker, to his eventual wife, Helen Crump, here’s a look back at Andy’s on-screen love life: (In real life, Griffith, who died [...]

Andy Griffith Explains Due Process and Limitations on Search

2 years agoNews : Reason

Andy Griffith has died but one of the great lessons he taught as Sheriff Andy Taylor survives (on TV anyway, if not the nation's courts). Via Doug Mataconis' Twitter Feed comes this great clip from The Andy Griffith Show where Andy refuses to use illegally obtained evidence that could help a case:  

Hollywood Mourns the Death of Andy Griffith

News broke this morning that TV legend Andy Griffith died at the age of 86 in his North Carolina home. He made his mark on the world playing Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" for eight years and continued on with the beloved...Show More Summary

Andy Griffith was real even if ‘Mayberry’ never existed

Andy Griffith, best known for his portrayal of Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, died Tuesday. The real question is why the death of an actor most famous for a show that ended its run on television in 1968 is so much in the news? Read full article >>

Sheriff Andy Taylor and the Fourth Amendment

2 years agoNews : The Agitator

Just wanted to quickly pop in to add this to Patrick’s fine appreciation below. RIP.  

Celebrities Remember Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith, best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show," was as much an American television classic as Johnny Carson. With news...

R.I.P. Andy Griffith

2 years agoOdd : Neatorama

Andy Griffith, who most Americans know as Sheriff Andy Taylor from the long-running series The Andy Griffith Show, died this morning at his home in Roanoke, North Carolina. Mr. Griffith was already a star, with rave reviews on Broadway in “No Time for Sergeants” and in Elia Kazan’s film “A Face in the Crowd,” when [...]

Andy Griffith: A life remembered

Actor Andy Griffith, the friendly face who played across people's living rooms as Sheriff Andy Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Ben Matlock on "Matlock," has died at the age of 86, Sheriff J.D. "Doug" Doughtie of Dare County, North Carolina, said Tuesday. Did he bring a smile to your face or warmth to [...]

Mayberry, RIP: Andy Griffith Dies at Age 86

2 years agoNews : Reason

The actor Andy Griffith - known for roles such as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show and the title character in Matlock - is dead at the age of 86. Though best known for comic work, his career as an actor included films such...Show More Summary

Remembering Andy Griffith, “America’s Favorite Sheriff,” 1926–2012

Griffith—through Andy Taylor and his other memorable characters—was one of those authentic voices that, by being so specific, appealed to something broader

ANDY GRIFFITH HAS DIED. I prefer to remember him as Sheriff Andy Taylor, rather than as a shill for…

ANDY GRIFFITH HAS DIED. I prefer to remember him as Sheriff Andy Taylor, rather than as a shill for ObamaCare.

Andy Griffith Dies, Was TV's Sheriff Taylor And Matlock

2 years agoNews : The Two-Way

Griffith was the wise Sheriff Andy Taylor in one of American television's most beloved situation comedies. Later, he was criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock in another long-running series.

Beyond Mayberry: Remembering the roles of Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith may have been best known for his role as the always affable lawman Sheriff Andy Taylor in the long-running series “The Andy Griffith Show,” but the late actor’s body of work stretched far beyond the borders of Mayberry. Long before Griffith made h …

Andy Griffith dies at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, the man who played folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor in the fictional town of Mayberry, has died at the age of 86, Sheriff J.D. "Doug" Doughtie of Dare County, North Carolina, said Tuesday. Best known for his role on "The Andy Griffith Show," the actor also starred as a murder-solving Southern attorney in [...]

Andy Griffith Sings the Lyrics to The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

2 years agoOdd : mental_floss

Well, I’ll be. Before producers of The Andy Griffith Show decided that whistling set the tone for the show, Sheriff Taylor himself recorded a version of the song with lyrics. That’s not him whistling, by the way – that was composer Earle H. Hagen. Here’s Andy singing “The Fishing Hole.” Rest in Peace, Andy.

Andy Griffith Dies

Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV's Andy Griffith Show and crafty defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. Griffith lived on Roanoke Island and was born in Mount Airy. His last role in a career spanning seven decades was a starring role in the 2009 movie Play the Game.

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