View Poll Results: Should the 15 and 16 year old also be tried as adults

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    89 89.00%
  • no, they deserve a second chance

    11 11.00%
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    Re: Should these teens be tried as adults

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    What was your point?
    At some stage, a child becomes capable of making adult decisions. 16, 18, 21, whatever. Once a date is set in law then anyone under that age must be tried as a child because it has been agreed, presumably with contributions from all the experts in child development, legal precedent and any other field that is relevant, that that is the minimum age at which the person can be held legally liable for the decisions they make. That's why it's commonly known as the "Age of Responsibility"
    Bending those carefully crafted rules for vengeance's sake is morally wrong. The crime is irrelevant, it's the age/responsibility capability that matters.
    you are half right age has nothing to do with it, it is the "responsibility capability" that matters.
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    Re: Should these teens be tried as adults

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    Delighted to. A child is still a child, regardless of the crime.
    and according to the vast majority of legal experts.... a "child" is a person 14 and younger. 15,16 & 17 y/o, while still minors are (and should be) treated differently in the eyes of the law.
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