Teen should be tried as an adult
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.