Austin Reed Sigg, 17, is accused of committing a horrendous crime, and he should pay the price if convicted. This is not denied. What is difficult here are our inconsistent laws that allow some minors to be tried and treated as adults in a court of law.
Yet while they can be treated as adults in courts of law, they cannot have the rights of adults — namely the right to vote, to smoke, to consume alcohol and to be contractually obligated. If a minor can be tried as an adult, he should have the rights of an adult.
The age is arbitrary, but the law regarding age should be consistent.