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Should teens be tried as an adult if they commit murder or attempt murder?

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Asked by Imogine at 2:47 PM on Dec. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I believe they should. They arnt stupid they knew what they did. Its not like opps they made a little mistake lets put them in juvey for a couple of years and they will be fine. NO Sorry. Try them and stick them in jail.

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 2:49 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • Yes they should IMO, They want to be an adult until they get in trouble? That doesnt fly.

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 2:49 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • YES.

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 2:53 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • this is a hard question... if the "kid" is 13-16 No.. if the kid is 17-18 yes as long as there are no metal issues or are disabilities that would prevent them from knowing right from wrong.

    Answer by maiahlynn at 2:53 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • They aren't adults, why should they be tried as one? I say no.

    Answer by mompam at 2:55 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • I'm mostly referring to the teen girl that killed a 9 year old, the two boys the lit their friend on fire...etc.

    Answer by Imogine at 2:56 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • They aren't adults, why should they be tried as one? I say no.

    Because they killed a person. I think they should atleast get harsh punishment for what they did.

    Answer by Imogine at 2:56 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • IMO: It should depend on if they understand the extent of the crime committed and can enter a plea based on such knowledge; I say this because some kids get into a big mess not understanding what they've been talked into but don't question it because they're trying to fit in or whatever. Its a very shaded area/ no black or white(unless the detectives and or d.a. is out for blood!). I would hate to have my child in that predicament but would be supportive as long as I knew they were an innocent by-stander. If my child committed the act willingly and as a participant, then they should pay for their actions. STRICTLY MO, THIS IS HOW I FEEL AND THINK AND RESPECT THAT YOU MOM'S MAY THINK AND FEEL DIFFERENTLY!!!

    Answer by ladyd6280 at 2:58 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • I think it depends on the circumstances... If they knew what they were doing, and committed murder in cold blood, so to speak, then yes, I think they should be tried as an adult (aren't some of those anyway?). But if we're talking about a 13-year-old, or a kid with developmental issues, or a kid who had been abused/raped/etc, then no, I don't think they should be...

    Answer by Anouck at 2:58 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • If you try them as children, a 17 yr old cold-blooded murderer would serve only a matter of months for his crime.

    Yes, in most cases, but not all cases.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 3:03 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

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