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    Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder relavent

    I noticed that some of the Treyvon Martin supporters keep bringing up the fact he was a kid and I know some people think it does matter that an assailant was a minor.So I thought I would ask the following question- Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,bank robber, attempted rapist/murder relevant? For example if a burglar is killed inside someone's home should the homeowner be in legal trouble if that burglar is a minor? If a bank robber is killed while trying to rob a bank and that bank robber is a minor should that concerned citizen or security guard be in legal trouble?
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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    It was relevant in this case because the media manipulated the public into believing Trayvon was just a "little boy" skipping home with his little bag of candy as opposed to a full grown young man sauntering home after smoking a big spleef.

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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    When you are trying to protect yourself or your family age should have no relevance. When it comes to the law (sentences) I believe a line should exist and a minor should never be tried as an adult as I view doing so as a double standard.

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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Old enough to do the crime, old enough to except the consequences.

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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    It was relevant in this case because the media manipulated the public into believing Trayvon was just a "little boy" skipping home with his little bag of candy as opposed to a full grown young man sauntering home after smoking a big spleef.

    spleef... haven't heard that in a while.

    Amazingly enough, with the help of MSM, many still think he was a 'little' boy.

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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    The age shouldn't matter, but the fact that TM hasn't been deemed as any of these things in a court of law should. TM is innocent until proven guilty of assault I'm afraid. It's very difficult to justify lethal force when the courts only adjudicate on the innocence of the survivors.

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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    The age shouldn't matter, but the fact that TM hasn't been deemed as any of these things in a court of law should. TM is innocent until proven guilty of assault I'm afraid. It's very difficult to justify lethal force when the courts only adjudicate on the innocence of the survivors.
    That's what happens when witnesses support the other guy's story. And when investigative officers believe it.
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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Yes.. Of course it does. If its like a kid, hell of course its relevant.


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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I noticed that some of the Treyvon Martin supporters keep bringing up the fact he was a kid and I know some people think it does matter that an assailant was a minor.So I thought I would ask the following question- Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,bank robber, attempted rapist/murder relevant? For example if a burglar is killed inside someone's home should the homeowner be in legal trouble if that burglar is a minor? If a bank robber is killed while trying to rob a bank and that bank robber is a minor should that concerned citizen or security guard be in legal trouble?
    I hate the notion of trying as a minor or as an adult. You do the crime, you do the EQUAL time of anybody else.
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    Re: Is the age of a dead burglar,assailant,armed robber, attempted rapist/murder rela

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    When you are trying to protect yourself or your family age should have no relevance. When it comes to the law (sentences) I believe a line should exist and a minor should never be tried as an adult as I view doing so as a double standard.
    I agree because there is a difference between a minor and an adult, hence the terms "minor" and "adult." Minors are capable of rehabilitation because their minds are still young and pliable and shouldn't be charged as adults for that reason IMO. Also, minors are expected to be more easily manipulated than adults, another crucial difference that should be taken into consideration when sentencing a minor.

    I still believe they should be punished of course, but just differently than an adult who is expected to have higher critical thinking skills.

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