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October 5, 2009 | Bernard E. Harcourt, Bernard E. Harcourt, a professor of law and of political science at the University of Chicago, is the author of "Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy."
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two cases, Sullivan vs. Florida and Graham vs. Florida, that will decide whether it's cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 13-year-old or a 17-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court should follow its prior reasoning in Roper vs. Simmons, a 2005 ruling that held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, and similarly draw a bright line at 18 years of age for imposing life sentences without parole.
May 18, 1989 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Jane Martin watched a handful of the 600 kids under her control trooping past the brick walls and high fences at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall in Sylmar. As supervisor of that small link in the labyrinthine system of cops, courts, camps, schools, foster homes and treatment programs that contend each day with the thousands of kids who have run into trouble, she has paid particular attention to the news of late. What went wrong that so many of the kids society produced now have come back to haunt us?
March 7, 1993
Your front page story with photos glamorizing a juvenile delinquent ("Teen-Age Posses Take Turn for the Worst," Times Valley Edition, Feb. 26) will encourage other street rats by the notoriety you give Ricardo and the infamous Chaka. I would be concerned that the FCC fairness doctrine might require you to give equal time and coverage to rival posses. The Times should spend more time covering positive contributions by our young people rather than highlighting destructive low-life juvenile delinquents.
January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
February 12, 1989
A suggestion for Osmond ("Donny's Comeback Bid: Mr. Clean No More," Jan. 29): If you want to break out of the juvenile mold, change your name to Don. LUIS CAMPOS Sun Valley
June 17, 2007
IS it true that the clinically insane become psychiatrists? I'm not a psychiatrist like Eli Roth's loopy father, but I will speculate that because of his early exposure to horror, Eli, at age 35, is still a child and will never be an adult ["A Queasy-Does-It Guy," June 3]. There is just no way his films can help anybody cope with the military nightmare we are exposed to. It has been created by damaged permanent juveniles like George W. Bush and others who live out their dreams in the real world.
December 27, 1992
Male or female, black or white, Stern and Quivers both represent morons on the air. That their daily celebration of ignorance and juvenile behavior is embraced by so many Americans as representative of what they (as average Americans) are really thinking is just another indication of this country's headfirst plunge down the toilet of doom. JEFF DiPERNA Sherman Oaks
May 21, 1989
The Orange County Grand Jury is extremely concerned about Gov. George Deukmejian's proposal to cut funding to the County Justice System Subvention Program by 55% and what its effect will be on Orange County, particularly on programs addressing juvenile delinquency. Orange County stands to lose $2.9 million. Such a dramatic cutback jeopardizes juvenile diversion programs, drug abuse therapy, emergency youth shelters, programs for adult ex-offenders and county services offered by the Probation Department, district attorney and public defender.
March 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
OCEANSIDE - Four suspected gang members have been arrested on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy and wounding two teenage boys in a public park, police announced Saturday. The four suspects are charged with two counts of murder, two of attempted murder and two of participation in a criminal street gang. Three are adults and were booked into county jail in Vista. The fourth is a juvenile and was taken to juvenile hall. All are suspected in the gunning down of Melanie Virgen, 13, and Edgar Sanchez, 15, and the wounding of two other teens in Libby Lake Park at 9 p.m. on March 13. No motive for the shootings was given, but the park and the surrounding neighborhood have been the site of  gang-related crime.
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