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Questions for the Prosecutor

The Wayne County (PA) district attorney has charged 10-year old Tristen Kurilla as an adult in the murder of a 90-year woman.  This raises a few questions:

  1. In light of his causal confession, do you believe that the defendant recognizes right from wrong?
  2. Do you believe, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary for even older adolescents, that he fully understood the consequence of his actions?
  3. If yes, do you believe that this make him competent to stand trial as an adult?
  4. As an “adult” on trial, does he deserve a jury of his peers?
  5. If so, shouldn’t  the jury pool be expanded to include 10-year olds?
  6. Would you be comfortable being tried by such a jury?

Oh, and one more:  Some juveniles do amazing things – organizing charities, saving lives, caring for others – but they are not given the rights and responsibilities of adults.  Yet, a child committing a heinous act is suddenly called an “adult.”  What does that say about our conception of adulthood?

Just asking.

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Questions for the Prosecutor

The Wayne County (PA) district attorney has charged 10-year old Tristen Kurilla as an adult in the murder of a 90-year woman.  This raises a few questions:

  1. In light of his causal confession, do you believe that the defendant recognizes right from wrong?
  2. Do you believe, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary for even older adolescents, that he fully understood the consequence of his actions?
  3. If yes, do you believe that this make him competent to stand trial as an adult?
  4. As an “adult” on trial, does he deserve a jury of his peers?
  5. If so, shouldn’t  the jury pool be expanded to include 10-year olds?
  6. Would you be comfortable being tried by such a jury?

Oh, and one more:  Some juveniles do amazing things – organizing charities, saving lives, caring for others – but they are not given the rights and responsibilities of adults.  Yet, a child committing a heinous act is suddenly called an “adult.”  What does that say about our conception of adulthood?

Just asking.

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