KIDS IN COURTS, KIDS IN CRISIS~Justice for all children, to be safe from harm, protected with mercy & compassion.~ One of the most cruel forms of punishment is "denial of existence"~~~
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed."
Sunday, January 8, 2012
12-year-old's homicide confession is case for debate on recorded interrogations
"I was terrified," he said. "They wouldn't believe me and they said they would give me the death penalty." At 12, Thomas never could have faced a death sentence, but he didn't know that. Nor did he know that police are allowed to lie to get a confession. During his hours at the police station, it was the boy versus a local Camden police supervisor, a detective, a state police investigator and a deputy prosecuting attorney. Investigators initially recorded their interrogation, when Thomas denied harming his sister 36 times..........