Judge: Public defender will represent...

Judge: Public defender will represent 12-year-old boy in murder...

There are 2 comments on the WQAD story from Feb 17, 2010, titled Judge: Public defender will represent 12-year-old boy in murder.... In it, WQAD reports that:

A judge has rejected a request by family members that a private attorney represent a 12-year-old Chariton boy accused of killing his stepfather.

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PAM

West Des Moines, IA

#1 Feb 17, 2010
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE- Is it not against your constitutional rights to have a lawyer or your choice unless you cannot afford one.???? People can make all kinds of assumptions, however, unless you have lived with abuse as a child, you have no way to comprehend the fear, the feeling of being alone, The abusers are very good at hiding it, Also, why did this mother not help him, She put him in this situation, Another example of a mother deregarding her children over a man. Why is she not helping the child now???

Since: Feb 10

Springfield, MO

#2 Feb 18, 2010
PAM wrote:
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE- Is it not against your constitutional rights to have a lawyer or your choice unless you cannot afford one.???? People can make all kinds of assumptions, however, unless you have lived with abuse as a child, you have no way to comprehend the fear, the feeling of being alone, The abusers are very good at hiding it, Also, why did this mother not help him, She put him in this situation, Another example of a mother deregarding her children over a man. Why is she not helping the child now???
According to the charges filed, the child attempted to murder her as well. Maybe she's not allowed to make decisions for this child right now. That would be in his Constitutional best interests after all I would think.

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