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debatedeity111
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Minors should not be charged as adults.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/10/2009 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (4)
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IacceptDumbdebates

Pro

Why charge minors as adults? You cannot just abide the law because you want to.
debatedeity111

Con

If the minor in question had a high enough intelligence and was in the right mind at the time of committing the crime and committed a crime as punishable as such, the minor should be charged as an adult.
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Debate Round No. 1
IacceptDumbdebates

Pro

No matter if minors have the intellegence of Albert Einstien or a monkey they are all aware of what a "crime" is, unless they have a mental disability. Although there is a law stopping them from being charged as an adult, thus the suspect should be held in juvenile detention and the trial should wait till they are 18. Lastly I would like to thank my opponent for entering this debate.
debatedeity111

Con

"According to the U.S. Department of Justice, crimes committed by juveniles have increased by sixty percent since 1984"

60%!!! WRITTEN BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOUND BY ASSOCIATED CONTENT!
compus mentus in corpore sano tRANSLATION : A sane mind in a sane body from latin.

If the minor is compus mentus, then the child should be punished.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk...
http://unlvrebelyell.com...
Debate Round No. 2
IacceptDumbdebates

Pro

Let's do an activity: If you were a judge and you were facing a 9-year old boy who killed a friend with a choke hold, what would you do? Charge him as an adult because he committed a very serious crime, or sent him to be disciplined in a detention center or something of the sort and he will be tried once 18? Charge the boy as an adult? I think not, the trial should be held until he is 18 because that would be the most ethical decision and it would be supported by the law.
debatedeity111

Con

hello have you ever heard of Eric Smith?

http://en.wikipedia.org...(murderer)
Debate Round No. 3
IacceptDumbdebates

Pro

Disturbing, but interesting. I just don't see how this is a real response to my argument, referring to a murderer charged as a minor, he is now in a jail cell for his life. Looks like the justice system did its job. Is it possible that I may receive some contentions?
debatedeity111

Con

not just yet, I have my ace in the hole!
I enclose a 16 page document with info on children who kill!
I will enclose the names of the kids the times of the crime or trial and what they were guilty of
http://www.trutv.com...

Jesse Pomeroy- 1874. tried for 11 counts of murder as far back as 1871
Mary bell 1968. murder 2 counts. sentenced to 12 years.

Willie bosket- 1978 2 counts of murder
Edmund kemper 1964-1973 10 counts murder
Shirley wolf- 1 count murder 1983
Thompson, venables 1993 murder of James bulger, 2
Nathan Abraham, 1999, 1 count murder
Lionel Tate- 2001 1 count murder
Stuart harling, 2006, 1 count murder
jasmine Richardson, 2006, 3 counts murder
Eric smith 1994, 1 count murder
ps: I also enclosed murders not mentioned in my link like Lionel Tate
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by feverish 7 years ago
feverish
I'll debate you on that topic in the new year if you want Krazy.
Posted by nonentity 7 years ago
nonentity
"there is NO evidence a 10 year old has a different state of mind than an 18 year old."

Yes there is. The real question is why should it matter. I'd love to debate the Con side with anyone once the debate is finished :)
Posted by bringiton 7 years ago
bringiton
I am for the pro side, does it make a difference if a 10 year old kills a baby than an 18 year old? Both are crimes, are they not? HEre's what I say: there is NO evidence a 10 year old has a different state of mind than an 18 year old.
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