Three Juvenile Cases

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Alison Croggon once said, “We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” Can what she said really apply to those who commit wrong doings such as taking another person’s life away from them?
Presented are three actual cases where juveniles have killed other juveniles followed by one case that is based on a true story. For the three actual cases, each juvenile was sentenced to life in prison, but can their punishment really be considered reasonable even with the fact that they committed murder at young ages?
The first case deals with the slaying of an 8-year-old girl in Florida. Joshua Phillips, 14, was arrested …show more content…

Lionel was convicted of the murder of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick. Lionel argued that Tiffany’s death was a mistake and that he was only repeating a move that he saw a professional wrestler perform. However, experts say that Lionel’s story did not answer for all of the injuries that Tiffany obtained the night that she died. “The defense’s own experts conceded that Tate’s story would not have accounted for all of Tiffany’s injuries, which one prosecution expert said were comparable to falling from a three-story building.” (““Wresting” Case Draws,” par. 20) It is obvious that Lionel did not tell everything that happened on the night that he killed Tiffany, and some could say that they would expect Lionel to hide the entire truth because he was young and scared, but then they are presented with details of his actions after being confronted with what happened to Tiffany. “Ms. Eunick- Paul testified that when she told Lionel that her daughter was dead, he shrugged and rolled his eyes. The next day, he asked Ms. Eunick- Paul if he could live with her and have Tiffany’s toys, she testified.” (Canedy, par. 11) 12 Year Old Lionel Tate was not able to sympathize the death of 6 year old Tiffany Eunick. How could life in prison without mental help, help Lionel Tate? How could life in prison help 13-year-old Eric Smith who committed murder on a spur- of- the- moment

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