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Modern School Donating Member (558 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:17 PM
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U.S. Still the Most Barbaric Industrialized Nation in World
Pennsylvania is poised to sentence a thirteen-year old boy to life in prison for a crime he is accused of committing back when he was only 11 years old. If convicted and if he does receive this sentence, it would make him the youngest person ever to receive a life sentence in the U.S. and the youngest person serving a life sentence in the entire world.

The youth, Jordan Brown, is accused of shooting the fiance of his father out of jealousy. She was eight and a half months pregnant. Psychiatrist Dr. John OBrian claimed that Brown was not a good candidate for rehabilitation as he expressed no remorse nor accepted any responsibility. Consequently, the judge refused to send the case to the juvenile courts (in Pennsylvania, all murder suspects are automatically tried as adults unless the judge rules otherwise).

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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 10:59 PM
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1. One question, if I may:
Under exactly what conditions would you allow Jordan Brown to go free?
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 11:18 PM
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2. Jordan Brown is a very troubled child...
Neither prison nor the streets seem to be the right place for him.
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 11:51 PM
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4. Somtimes childish actions warrant adult responses.
This is not a case I would choose to showcase American barbarism.

Except perhaps to point out that "No remorse. No responsibility." is a very American thing in its own right. Where the lesson is hammered home every day, that you generally get hit hardest when you voluntarily accept responsibility for your own actions.

WTF is his counsel playing at? Are we taking a whack at traumatic amnesia?

Or is his NRNR sypmtomatic of a kid so lacking in positive emotion that he would have zero believability if he attempted to feign them at this stage of the game?

Something is seriously wrong here, when after two years the kid is still showing neither regret nor responibility.

I'm sorry but some things are just too broken and too dangerous to try to fix, particularly if innocent others must necessarily be placed at risk to do so.

What do we say, in fifteen years or so, to the corpse of the baby that dared to get betweem him and his girlfriend/wife? Presuming he didn't kill her for daring to want someone else to love.

Why, when we see this (or other highly reprehensible) behaviour in adults, are we are so quick to condemn? Yet when faced with identical behaviour in a child, we almost desperately search for mittigating factors and excuses and automatically offer up redemption when it unearned (and often arguably undeserved).
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jahlove17 Donating Member (36 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-11 06:45 PM
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5. Prison Song
They're trying to build a prison for you and me to live in.
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