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Do you think kids should be tried as adults?

Postby imtim83 on Wed Feb 12, 2003 2:02 pm

Do you think kids should be tried as adults no matter how old they are if they murder someone, rape,etc. I am talking about any age. 0 to 18.
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Postby BuddhaTB on Wed Feb 12, 2003 6:45 pm

Depends on the circumstances. But I think for most murder cases where the kid atleast has some common sense and knows right from wrong, they should be tried as adults.
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Of course.

Postby BatGnat on Wed Feb 12, 2003 7:20 pm

Here in Australia, the legal age for drinking, smoking, voting etc. is 18.

Which I guess would mean that according to the law, you are only considered responsible enough when youre at that age. BUT....

At 15 1/2 you as a child, can choose to leave school.
At 16 you cannot buy pornagraphic material but you can legaly perform anything that is in one.
At 16 you can get a learners permit to drive.
At 17 you can get a provisional permit, to drive and you no longer need anyone else with you.

At age 10 years old I had known for a long time that it was wrong to hurt other people.

No child as far as I am concerned above the age of 10 has right to say that they didnt know that murder or rape was wrong. At that age they definatley know right from wrong.

So yes (in my opinion) they should be charged as adults, above the age of 10.
If not, they should at least be sentenced as adults if found guilty.
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Postby TheWizard on Wed Feb 12, 2003 10:29 pm

Ahh, now we're talking about philosophy and sociology and all that jazz! Which view should I take for this debate? I can defend any theory...Utilitarianism, Kantianism...or any theorist...DuBois, Merton, Mead, Cooley.

OK, I'll stop bragging now. :)
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Postby Action Jackson on Thu Feb 13, 2003 10:26 pm

In general yes but not in all situations.
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