Mental illness commonly shows itself around his age. Looks like he recently left home and has been trying to live on his own. Maybe he went “nuts for Trump”, letting his new friends radicalize him and he wasn’t in his full cognitive capabilities and therefore your honor, is not responsible for the crimes he has committed…. and besides, you wouldn’t want to put him in prison with “Real Criminals”* now would you? He’s just a boy** after all!
– James Alex Fields Jr’s expensive defense attorney that an anonymous donor supplied, November 20, 2017.
*Translation: defense attorney-code for black people
** Translation: “just a boy” is code word for young white male under 28 yrs old.
Also expect a “teen brain” defense with some expert waving brain scans and some rhetoric about “rational capabilities are not fully formed until the age of 25″, which is modern BS science but people _love_ brain scans so it might work.
[I love science but this is one area that I think is likely very wrong and will be proven through cross-cultural studies. But it’ll likely still be available for his future defense attorney to draw from]
Teenagers behave differently in non-Western cultures. Crime rates for example spike in Taiwan when people are in their late 20s/early 30s rather than in their mid-teens – early 20s in America and Europe.I think they’ll discover the common brain scans among American teenagers are due to having common cultural experiences, such as going to the same kinds of schools in the same kinds of environments with similar hobbies and similar socialization patterns.This will show up in the brain scans of course, but I don’t think the development is age-based biologically but culture-based.
That it’s culturally based. Similar schools, similar entertainment similar everything leads to similar brain scans when among similar populations (such as American teens having similar brain scans].A defense attorney could still use it as a defense like that, but it wouldn’t be as powerful as it will be when they pull out the “brain scan / biology / hard wired / invisible inner biological clock” defense, especially since it’s currently accepted science.
Depends on the jurors picked. It’s possible to get a jury that’s almost guaranteed to side with you if you do it right.http://criminaldefense.homestead.com/juryselection.html
America has a “pretty good” criminal justice system in theory, and I’ll certainly take it over a lot of other nation’s criminal justice systems, but the ability to ‘customize the environment” of the case is strong in some states.I don’t know how the laws are in the state he’ll be tried in though. Some states have restrictions that allow for a more fair-handed trials but other states allow for ‘cleverness’.
I hope not because he deserves whatever they can throw at him. But I wouldn’t be shocked if he did.
I know but imagine if they paint a picture of the person killed as a horrible person. Wouldn’t be the first time. Or if the political environment shifts by the time the case comes along whereby they can find jurors sympathetic to the cause of the protestors he was with.
It’s entirely possible he could get off or get a reduced sentence.