Posted by KD, a resident of Menlo Park, on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:49 am
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.