Teen should be tried as an adult

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - Stas Chrzanowski, Can­ton

I am al­ways amazed as to how the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem functions. The first tragedy is there were wit­nesses who opted not to in­ter­vene to res­cue bi­cy­clist Robert Ponsi while he was at­tacked. The sec­ond is that the ju­ve­nile who police say ad­mit­ted stab­bing Ponsi 11 times is then sent to the ju­ve­nile court where he will be re­leased by his 21st birth­day (“In fa­tal at­tack on bi­cy­clist, youngest sus­pect tried as ju­ve­nile while two face adult trial,” Nov. 22). The judge stated he de­cided to send the case to be sent to ju­ve­nile court sys­tem based on the “nar­row­est of mar­gins.”

What does that mean? He re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to killing a hu­man be­ing in the rob­bery. Where does that play into the mar­gin sys­tem?

I find in­cred­i­ble his de­fense at­tor­ney’s state­ment that the law re­quires the judge to “look at the ac­tor and not at the ac­tions he may have com­mit­ted.” How does he jus­tify that to Mr. Ponsi’s fam­ily? As his fam­ily stated, “it was a cop out” al­lowed by the sys­tem.

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