Trying Children As Adults

American Voices ISSUE 35•43 Nov 24, 1999

Last week, a Michigan jury convicted a 13-year-old boy of second-degree murder for a crime he committed as an 11-year-old. What do you think of the growing legal trend of trying children as adults?

  • “As a federal judge and longtime closet pederast, I am strongly in favor of trying 11-year-olds as adults.”

    Stanley Gibson –
    Federal Judge

  • “I hope the adult courts have some of those plastic booster chairs.”

    Liz Strunck –
    Teacher

  • “I do not believe minors should be allowed to shoot people, nor do I believe their victims should be allowed to die.”

    Hannah Leigh –
    Psychologist

  • “Come on, people, didn't any of you go through a rebellious homicidal phase during adolescence? You grow out of it.”

    John Roble –
    Bartender

  • “I believe the children are our future: nasty, brutish and short.”

    Bill Buchanan –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Children should face the same consequences as adults for committing murder: four years in a federal penitentiary.”

    Daniel Doering –
    File Clerk

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