Wednesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

A New Mexico Policeman Tasered a 10-year-old Child, Courthouse News Service

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car on career day, the boy claims in court. The complaint states that the Defendant asked a group of boys “who would like to clean his patrol unit… and a number of boys said that they would.” When Plaintiff jokingly said he did not want to clean the patrol unit, Defendant allegedly pointed his taser at the boy and said, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.’”

Teen charged as adult in Colorado schoolgirl’s murder, Chicago Tribune

A teenager who authorities said confessed to the abduction, killing and dismemberment of a 10-year-old Colorado girl was formally charged as an adult on Tuesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child.

It’s better not to lock up juvenile defendants, The Philadelphia Inquirer

For years, New Jersey sent juveniles awaiting trial to county detention centers, locking them up even for minor crimes. But a new report on juvenile justice reform shows that there is another, more effective, alternative that saves taxpayer money and protects society.


Ashley Pierce

About Ashley Pierce

Ashley Pierce is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2010. While she was in college, she worked with a non-profit organization called Ambassadors for Christ that partnered at-risk youth with college students to serve as positive influences. During her first summer as a law student, Ashley worked in employment discrimination law with Bashen Corporation, in order to expand her horizons and see a completely different side of the legal world. During her second summer, she worked as a law clerk with Lilly, Newman & Van Ness, L.L.P., a family law firm. She will continue working there during her third year of law school. Ashley has always been passionate about helping children and families and she has a genuine interest in the intersection of psychology and the law. This year, she is looking forward to learning more about amicus work and she plans on focusing her research and writing on the "best interest" standard as it is applied to children.

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