Federalism Is The Power Divided Between The State And National Government

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In May 31 2014, two twelve year old girls stabbed a classmate to appease the fictional character Slender Man. The crime happened in Waukesha, Wisconsin and the case is being handled in the Wisconsin courts. With this, that means the crime is being handled at the state level. With this revelation, there has been many questions on how the girls’ case should be handled. This brings Federalism into question of how much federalism should being used in our country when it comes to crime. Federalism is the power divided between the state and national government. This means that laws can be made by the state for their specific state, even though there are national laws that all states have to follow. There are people who feel that there should be less federalism when it comes to crime as there is a lot of freedom when it comes to states making laws. Laws such as how old you need to be to be tried as an adult are decided by the state and some feel that it something as important as that law should be decided nationally, not by the state. Laws as important as when juveniles should be charged as adults are brought into question during cases like the Slender Man stabbing case. The Slender Man stabbing case is a crime that happened back in 2014 when two twelve year old girls tried to kill their classmate, Payton Leutner, by inviting her to a sleepover. Then, they led the victim into the woods and proceeded to stab her nineteen times. The girls named, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier,
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