Is This Justice? WA Supreme Court Turns Criminals Into Kids!
Is This The Right Compromise
The Washington State Supreme Court's move endangers the lives of every Washingtonian, gives a pass to dangerous juvenile criminals, and stifles a free press, all in the name of equity.
The "move" Rantz references came one week ago, Tuesday, May 3, when the Supreme Court ruled it will stop using the full names of juvenile criminals and suspects, instead, relying on initials and date of birth. In essence, dropping a cloak of secrecy over juvenile proceedings for the sake of their protection and potentially at the expense of the public!
Too Far Too Fast?
Though the court has since put a hold on implementing the rule to allow further review, court watchers say this means that juvenile records will not be properly filed with law enforcement, summons will not be delivered to juveniles, and the state will be out of compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
In addition, public accountability will suffer from the media's inability to accurately report important public safety stories or ultimately help hold judges accountable for any mishandling of cases.
Blinded Me With Science
So where's this coming from? Why the sudden decision to go from long-standing transparency and open records on juveniles to slamming the door on identity, access, and accountability? The answer, as Thomas Dolby might say is, "SCIENCE!" Specifically "Brain Science."
From the Crosscut:The U.S. Supreme Court has held that “children are different,” because science shows that the human brain — and its control over behavior — isn’t truly developed until age 25.