Monday, December 13, 2004

Missouri's juvenile justice system a model for Maryland?

Teen acquitted of murder

I was surprised to hear shouts of delight from the offices around me today when the Peterson 'verdict' came down. It's been a long time since I've been around people who support the death penalty. And the ADAs for whom I primarily work know that I'm an aspiring public defender, so they usually temper their comments around me. It made me feel uncomfortable, actually. To say "I'm against the death penalty" in the middle of a cheering group of ADAs is what I imagine a Jehovah's Witness feels like in the middle of a holiday parade. I can't wait to surround myself with defenders again.

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