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Proposed 'Emily's Law' would allow juveniles as young as 10 to be certified as adults in violent ...

There are 24 comments on the story from Feb 10, 2011, titled Proposed 'Emily's Law' would allow juveniles as young as 10 to be certified as adults in violent .... In it, reports that:

Not quite ready for prime time. But progress, nonetheless. With an assessment along those lines, Travis Johnson seemed heartened Thursday about proposed legislation that would lower the age at which teens committing certain violent crimes in Minnesota could be prosecuted as adults.

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Since: Jan 11

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Feb 11, 2011
It seems like from all sides of this issue we've become morally bereft. How does a child become a murderer and how does a society come to see a child as a legal adult when they do awful acts? In our society, as long as we can assign blame to someone other than ourselves, we quickly do so and wash our hands of it.
As a coach for youth athletics, I've seem some horrible treatment of kids and wondered how (or if) they'll make it. The coaching turns out to be much more than about playing the sport. There are so many ways for relatives, teachers, friends and communities can get involved in the lives of kids so we don't have to read about them in the papers. Unfortunately, we're all busy and pressed for time. There's time to criticize the actions of the past, but do nothing to inoculate for the future.
I don't know what to do with these kids after they've become killers. If they've been raised immoral, then they're probably akin to feral cats and we'll likely need to lock them up for the rest of their lives at the cost of $100K/yr. I just think that our society can do better. Very sad!

Cold Spring, MN

#24 Feb 11, 2011
Just wait until the 1st 10 year old girl is tried as an adult!......Oh Wait!

Little boys are the target, little girls are members of a Victim Class.

So will the inconsistency inherent in what used to be called a "Justice System", now make the age of consent 10 years old too, in order to be consistent?
If a child can face adult consequences, then the child should be able to make adult choices, and face those consequences too!

This is insane!

Wipe out the kids memory, clean the slate, and rebuild her. The memory of killing someone has got to be unbearable for an adult, multiply it for a child. Give the kid a chance by removing from her memory all that led her to kill!
You Are Probably an Idiot

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Feb 11, 2011
This is another law that is completely unnecessary. Someone needs to explain to the sponsors of this law (as well as almost everyone else) that violent crime has been steadily dropping for decades. These quotes about how dangerous the "times we live in" are just silly. The times we live in now are much safer than they were when you grew up. The only thing that's changed is the level of media coverage and, of course, the politicians looking to whip up a frenzy.
Through the wonders of the interwebs you can look this up for yourself. Go to the FBI website and do some snooping in the Uniform Crime Reports.
In the meantime, stop hyperventilating about every crime you see on CNN. You're safer than you think you are.
Junior Skeptic

Stillwater, MN

#26 Feb 11, 2011
"What makes this age a magical age?'' Lynn Johnson said.

Well clearly since the kid who killed your daughter was 13, THAT is the "magical" age.

Also, clearly the best basis for far-reaching state legislation is a single tragic event that happened to one person.

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