Keller @ Large: Beacon Hill Needs To Send Strong Message To Juvenile Killers

May 15, 2014 12:00 PM
Keller @ Large: Beacon Hill Needs To Send Strong Message To Juvenile Killers
" BOSTON (CBS) РWhen someone is injured by a defective product, or by someone’s negligence, the legal system is there to help repair the damage. Legions of tort lawyers are eager to make the case, and sympathetic jurors often come back with large damage awards.

Justice, everyone declares afterwards, has been done.

But strangely, when it comes to the incalculable, lasting damage done to the family, friends and communities of murder victims, an entirely different mentality is in evidence.

Watching the surviving victims of atrocious first-degree murders by juveniles speak about their loss up at the State House Wednesday, I wanted to go off in a corner and have a good cry. Many years after the crime, some were barely able to speak about it "

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