No accountability in Accountability Act


Pocatello Attorney Talks About Juveniles Serving Life Sentences:

Some waste of a suit in Washington, I mean a congressman from Virginia, is trying to get a law passed that would stop juveniles from being sentenced to life without parole.

Congressman Robert Scott has introduced the Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2007, otherwise known as H.R. 4300.

Congressman Robert Scott: “Giving someone life without parole means they can’t even be considered for parole.”

Thanks for that update, Obvious Man.

The article then brings up Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper, two teens sentenced to life without parole for the brutal videotaped murder of Cassie Jo Stoddart.

Adamcik’s attorney thinks this is the greatest thing since ambulances were invented…

Aaron Thompson: “Cooperation and volunteering for all the programs that are available in prison where you can rehabilitate and work towards something where life means something on a day-to-day basis, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Do you mean like the light at the end of the tunnel that Cassie Jo has to look forward too? Oh no, wait, there is no light for her because your client killed her.

Some people say that life without parole for Adamcik is vengeance and not justice. So what? It’s not real vengeance since Adamcik is still allowed to draw breath.

The article states that there are 2500 juveniles serving life without parole in the U.S. I wish that number was bigger. Not to mention how many of those 2500 are gang members and how many are kids like Adamcik. I bet the number of gang members is extremely disproportional to the other teen murderers.

And speaking of gangs I guess Congressman Scott is doomed to repeat history. The reason the life without parole for juveniles came about, in my opinion, because of the gang killings of the late ’80s and early ’90s. If HR 4300 were to pass it would just be letting these dangerous felons back out on the streets but I guess he’s ok with that.

It should be justice for the victims not rainbows and sunshine for the killers.

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