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    melo, Alexander

    Since this diary is about people waiting for trial and I took the liberty to go beyond that and talk about the children in the adult court system, I apologize. So back to the sucject of the diary, children as young as 12 years old have waited up to 4 years to go to trial. Prosecutor's have a favorite trick in that they don't want a jury to see a 12 year old, they want them to see a 16 or 17 year old so they let the kids grow up in detention or jail with delay after delay. Of course this is predjudicial.This is happening all of the time and these kids are serving time before they are convicted, seeing their teenage years slip away. No rehab is offered these kids in the adult prison system. Are you the same person you were when you were 12 or 14 or 16? Chris Pittman didn't see a courtroom until 4 years after he was charged. He grew up in detention. He went from 12 to 16 before a jury saw him. He was given 200 mg. of Zoloft at age 12 and due to intoxication, had a break with reality and killed his BELOVED grandparents. The FDA has now put a black box warning on Zoloft. It never was approved for children. 200 mg would knock out a Bramha bull, yet Chris will spend his life in prison. This is only one example of how our judicial system works.  

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