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Boy, 12, faces grown up murder charges


CNN is reporting the following:
(CNN) -- On a chilly morning in February 2009, state police found 26-year-old Kenzie Houk in her bed with a bullet though her head. She was eight months pregnant.

The search for her killer ended with the most surprising murder suspect residents of Wampum, Pennsylvania, had ever seen: 11-year-old Jordan Brown, the son of the victim's fiancé.
He is one of the youngest suspects in the country to be charged with homicide, legal experts say. There are two counts of homicide, one covering the fetus. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in May.

In Pennsylvania, there is no lower limit for the age someone can be charged as an adult with criminal homicide. If convicted, Jordan, now 12, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The question of age is being raised in the Supreme Court this year where the practice of sentencing young people younger than 14 to life in prison without parole is being challenged.

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The argument seems to be that a 12 year old (11 at the time of the crime) is less than culpable because of his age. I would reject that argument out of hand. If an 11 year old took a 20 gauge shotgun and ended the life of his soon to be stepmother and her unborn child he should be held accountable.

I am open to debate as to what the consequences should be but they should involved incarceration for a significant period of time as well as mental health evaluation and treatment.

The remainder of the CNN argument seeks to paint the suspect as an "all American boy" who is just incapable of murder. The reporting is dripping with contempt for a system that seeks to punish the guilty in this country.

I will withhold judgment until the trial has determined whether or not this child is guilty. If he is found guilty he should be punished. The victims in this crime seem to have been relegated to little more than a supporting role in the drama. For that I am truly disgusted.

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