Posted by: vanhoff | April 12, 2008

Justice For Teen in Florida

     Eight Florida teenagers — six of them girls — will be tried as adults and could be sentenced to life in prison for their alleged roles in the videotaped beating of another teen, the state attorney’s office said Thursday.

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 The teenagers seen in a video assaulting a 16-year-old could face life in prison.

 The suspects, who range in age from 14 to 18, all face charges of kidnapping, which is a first-degree felony, and battery, said Chip Thullbery, a spokesman for the Polk County state attorney. Three of them are also charged with tampering with a witness.

   Everyone involved in the case was under a gag order imposed by a judge. The only attorney for the teens who has been publicly identified did not return calls from CNN, and his assistant cited the gag order as the reason. The teens are scheduled for their first appearance in court Friday.

   The video shows a brutal scene: The 16-year-old victim is punched, kneed and slapped by other girls. She huddles in the fetal position, or stands and screams at her attackers, but the assault continues. Authorities say the eight teens said they were retaliating for insults posted on the Internet by the attack victim.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd called the March 30 attack “animalistic.”

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  1. The following was copied directly from a couple of legal websites. What might happen to these girls is that they will be put in prison and some of the other “Lifers” will gang up on them and beat the $h!t out of them like they did to this girl in the video. Then maybe, just maybe, they’ll feel some remorse.

    The section below regarding “Accessories” is for the 2 boys that ALLEGEDLY were “standing watch.” According to the law, anyone who acts as an accessory in the commission of a felony can be held as liable as the priciple(s).

    PREMEDITATION
    1. The act of speculating, arranging, or plotting in advance.
    2. Law The contemplation of a crime well enough in advance to show deliberate intent to commit the crime; forethought.
    The 2007 Florida Statutes

    Title XLVI
    CRIMES Chapter 776
    JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE View Entire Chapter

    776.08 Forcible felony.–“Forcible felony” means treason; murder; manslaughter; sexual battery; carjacking; home-invasion robbery; robbery; burglary; arson; kidnapping; aggravated assault; aggravated battery; aggravated stalking; aircraft piracy; unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb; and any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.

    Kidnapping is the forcible and secret abducting, confining or imprisoning of a victim against his or her will with intent to (1) collect a ransom, (2) commit or facilitate the commission of a felony, (3) inflict bodily harm or terrorize the victim, or (4) interfere with any governmental or political function. Kidnapping is a first degree felony. Anyone who kidnaps a child under the age of 13 and commits aggravated child abuse, sexual battery or a lewd act in the presence of the child commits a life felony.

    An assault is the intentional and unlawful threat, by word or act, of violence against a victim in which the defendant has the ability to carry out the threat and the victim has a well-founded fear that violence is imminent. Assault is a second degree misdemeanor. Aggravated assault is assault with a deadly weapon in which the defendant did not have an intent to kill but did have an intent to commit a felony. Aggravated assault is a third degree felony.

    Battery is the intentional touching or striking of a victim against his or her will causing the victim harm. Battery is a first degree misdemeanor. Aggravated battery results when the defendant intentionally or knowingly causes the victim great bodily harm, permanently disables or disfigures the victim, uses a deadly weapon or knew (or should have known) the victim was pregnant. Aggravated battery is a second degree felony.

    Florida has two criminal classifications: felony and misdemeanor. A felony is generally defined as any crime punishable by death or more than one year in prison. A misdemeanor is any crime punishable by imprisonment for less than one year. Florida also has a classification known as a noncriminal violation, which is an offense punishable by fine, forfeiture or civil remedy. Felonies and misdemeanors are further divided into different degrees. The following list shows the maximum imprisonment and fines for felonies and misdemeanors.

    *Capital Felony: death or life imprisonment with no parole
    *Life Felony: 40 years to life; $15,000
    *Felony in the First Degree: 30 years; $10,000
    *Felony in the Second Degree: 15 years; $10,000
    *Felony in the Third Degree: 5 years; $5,000
    *Misdemeanor in the First Degree: 1 year; $1,000
    *Misdemeanor in the Second Degree: 60 days; $500

    Accessory
    An accessory to a crime is any individual who knowingly and voluntarily participates in the commission of a crime. An accessory is not typically present at the scene of the crime, but contributes to the success of the crime before or after the fact. A person charged as an accessory to a crime before the fact is one who incites, abets, or aids a person in the commission of a criminal act. An individual who is an accessory after the fact receives, shelters, comforts, relieves, or assists a felon after the crime has been committed. A person can be an accessory if they provide any support or assistance, whether financially, emotionally, or factually.

    By law, an accessory can be held as liable as the principle actor who carries out the criminal act. If a person is an accessory to a felony crime, they too can be charged with committing a felony offense and subject to penalties accordingly. However, there may be different penalties for being an accessory versus a principle actor in a crime. Federal law states that a person who is convicted of an accessory crime shall be subject to a penalty that does not exceed half of the maximum incarceration or fine for the principle act of the crime. If the principle crime is punishable by death, the accessory to the crime will not be imprisoned for more than fifteen years. These provisions are subject to exceptions as made by the federal government. State accessory laws may be similar to federal laws.

  2. I agree with your commentary.
    However, sociologically speaking this is a form of extreme deviant behavior by the 8 persons involved. I believe that due to the outcry from parents, this has spawned a moral panic.


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