Monday, March 25, 2013

"Charged as an Adult"

If there's going to be a legal distinction between minors and adults based on a number drawn out of a hat, that distinction should be clear and firm, not "you're a minor if you try to vote, buy a pack of cigarettes or drink a beer, but as soon as we think you may have done something illegal, you magically become an adult" -- even in cases like this one.

It's perfect cause for jury nullfication -- if the prosecution lies to the jury from the very beginning, which is exactly what this "I waved a magic wand and voila! It's an adult!" stuff amounts to, it should prompt an automatic "not guilty" verdict.

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