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on Dec 19, 2011
Yeah, I'm sure he'd love to have the charges dismissed. If convicted, incarcerated for life seems very appropriate. The parents of the 3-month-old would hope for a worse fate no doubt.
The only thing he should be seeking is forgiveness. Lock him up and throw away the key.
Insufficient evidence is serious. No matter how awful the crime, a person is absolutely entitled to be PROVED guilty. If this youth committed this act, he has a debt to pay. Life imprisonment is an economic burden, not a way to improve society or reform a wayward child. At 17, I wonder about his family and his friends... He is a child himself. It's tempting to get mad and punish people, but that won't actually make us all safer, or make society more humane, or prevent another young person from accessing a deadly firearm, and so on. I have such immense respect for the judicial system we have evolved in this country, but it's disheartening when it reinforces larger social ills. This is a tragedy all around.
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