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Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« on: October 24, 2019, 01:12:06 AM »
Tempted to put this is politics

For other articles, it does not sound like the child knew what he was doing and it was a mobile home

https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2019/10/a-9-year-old-is-facing-murder-charges-in-illinois-the-judge-had-to-teach-him-what-arson-and-alleged-mean/

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A 9-Year-Old Is Facing Murder Charges in Illinois. The Judge Had to Teach Him What “Arson” and “Alleged” Mean.

The boy, whom Mother Jones will not name because of his age, is accused of intentionally setting the April blaze that killed four of his relatives and his mom’s boyfriend near Goodfield, Illinois. The case has garnered national attention, and prompted outcry from juvenile justice advocates who say a nine-year-old is far too young to be prosecuted in court.

If convicted, he would not be sent to juvenile hall because of his youth. But the court could put him on years of probation, according to the Tribune. And if he were to violate any of the complicated terms of probation, he could be detained after he turns 10, and sent to prison once he turns 13.

“It’s very unusual,” Elizabeth Clarke, president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative in Illinois, told the Washington Post of the case. “It’s a shocking approach that the prosecutor chose to take.”
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2019, 03:12:57 AM »
Just for interest, the ages of criminal responsibility in various countries:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_infancy#Terminology

Australia is pretty low too, at 10.
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 04:05:54 AM »
Love the logic here: "This child is clearly troubled.  I know what will set him straight; let's lock him in a building with limited education, social opportunities, access to family, and surrounded by older and rougher children for his entire childhood.  If that doesn't turn him into a useful member of society, then I don't know what will!"

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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2019, 05:46:55 AM »
He cannot be locked up but can get probation where if he does anything else wrong, he gets locked up.
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2019, 05:47:51 AM »
Disgusting is the only word for a system like this.

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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 12:52:29 AM »
Fucking twisted.
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 04:37:46 PM »
Just checked for anything new and nothing came up
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 07:41:13 PM »
Nauseating.
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Re: Nine Year Old Accused Of 1st Degree Murder
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2019, 05:38:46 PM »
Charging children as adults kinda defeat the purpose of having separate legal systems for the two. Especially when talking about a pre-pubescent.
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