Our legal and justice system is broken in so many ways, I think that it is quite possibly irreparable. There is no fixing it.
I truly think that the best thing we can do would be to start over. We've got who knows how many millions of pages of law we have? Some of it heavily outdated and this is one perfect example of it.
In what universe is it okay to charge a 6-year-old child with property damage after picking a flower?
This kid doesn't even understand a fraction of what's going on with this. Plus...IT'S A FLOWER!
For goodness sake, I could understand being upset about it if it were some rare and endangered flower, but even though to prosecute a child of this age is ridiculous.
What I'd like to know is what low-life piece of trash pressed charges against a 6-year-old boy?
Thankfully, the judge dismissed the case immediately.
New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening asked the obvious question:
“Should children who believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy be making these significant life choices? I think the answer is no.” said the judge.
Lyana Hunter of the New Hanover County public defender’s office told WECT News 6:
“A 6-year-old … we’re talking about someone that’s in kindergarten, first grade. They don’t understand the process, they don’t understand what’s going on, they probably don’t even know their address. The earlier that you introduce a child to the criminal justice system, the higher the chances are that they will remain in the criminal justice system.”
The boy's attorney said that his attention span was too short to even follow with the proceedings so she asked him to color a picture instead.
The sad thing about this is that this was all perfectly legal in North Carolina thanks to some outdated laws.
When man is free to many any laws that he wants, this will inevitably be the outcome. That's not to say that some laws aren't good and just laws, but people are flawed and they allow stupid laws to exist such as these.
One hobby of mine when I was a teenager was to fill my head with useless facts like laws that existed such as not being able to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket on Sundays or prohibitions against keeping a donkey in a bathtub. Maybe these served some obscure purpose back then, but keep the codes current.