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Old 04-10-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Attorney: Girl, 10, too young to understand attack charges

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ERIE, Pa. (Map, News) - Two young girls accused of brutally attacking another girl on a playground are too emotionally immature to understand the criminal charges against them and the charges should be dismissed, defense attorneys said.

The girls, ages 10 and 11, face aggravated assault and other charges for the attack on another 10-year-old girl at an elementary school playground the evening of April 3. The girls are accused of stomping on the victim and breaking her hip, police said.

Erie County Public Defender Tony Logue says he will ask a Juvenile Court judge to dismiss criminal charges against the 10-year-old girl.

"How can my attorney effectively communicate with his clients given the client's chronological age versus emotional age?" Logue said.

Attorney Bruce Sandmeyer said he has similar concerns for his client, the 11-year-old, and expects to file a similar motion in the coming days.

"My client is just 11 years old and just an elementary school student," Sandmeyer said.

The defense attorneys both said the case should be treated as a dependency case, not a delinquency case. In legal terms, a judge who rules a child is dependent can place the child under the supervision of the Erie County Office of Children and Youth.

A delinquency case, which is what the girls currently face, is the juvenile court equivalent of a criminal case. If the girls are found delinquent, the equivalent of a guilty verdict, they could be confined in a juvenile detention facility or otherwise be under the supervision of the court until they turn 21.

Ian Murray, the assistant public defender representing the 10-year-old girl, said she and her family feel deep remorse for the attack. "This is tragic for everyone, especially the victim," Murray said.

Family members of the 11-year-old suspect say she is an "A" and "B" student who has never been in trouble before.

The injured girl said the other girls pulled her off the monkey bars and attacked after she told the girls to stop splashing water on her 8-year-old sister in the school playground. Police said the victim was repeatedly stomped on the head and legs.

The victim remains hospitalized and is expected to undergo at least one week of rehabilitation at a hospital. She has three pins in her hip to keep the bones in place and may eventually need a hip replacement, her mother said.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Attorney: Girl, 10, too young to understand attack charges

Wow.

Here is the rub.

Put them in Juve for 10 years, and they grow up institutionalized... and WILL end up back in jail.

Don't throw them in Juve? you send a message that this kind of brutality is ok.

I actually would prefer some kind of middle ground. She spends every weekend in Juve until she is eighteen or something like that.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:51 PM   #3
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Lots of community service with weekends in jail for a few years sounds good to me.
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Default Re: Attorney: Girl, 10, too young to understand attack charges

Wow. I see it everyday... we need to get control of our society and we need to start with the youth.
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Military School!!!!

The parents are obviously not involved in giving discipline and direction
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Military School!!!!

The parents are obviously not involved in giving discipline and direction
honestly that doesn't sound bad at all. if parents can't give discipline someone else should.

what are the parents going to do, ground her? tell her that what she did was wrong? she's 10! she will just bitch about it being unfair and words will be heard but forgotten. at least it was that way for me, lol
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honestly that doesn't sound bad at all. if parents can't give discipline someone else should.

what are the parents going to do, ground her? tell her that what she did was wrong? she's 10! she will just bitch about it being unfair and words will be heard but forgotten. at least it was that way for me, lol
Worse yet, the parents will find some way to pin this on someone else. That their daughter was just doig something to protect herself or some obscure idea that it's not her fault.

I remember a day when parents sided with the authorities and children were held to a higher standard than self.
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Ok, but who pays for it? the tax payers?
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Ok, but who pays for it? the tax payers?
Sure, why not? We are probably already dropping 12k year a piece on them for public school, and I'd bet dollars to donuts that Military School is probably comparable. If it's more, deduct it from the parents pay...
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Ok, but who pays for it? the tax payers?
We either pay for this kids eventually in jail or some other support system - so why not avoid the long term drain on society and pay for the military school (that ends at the age of 18)
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