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State Supremes rule juvenile convictions can qualify under '3 strikes' law

Original post made on Jul 3, 2009

The California Supreme Court ruled in San Francisco Thursday that a previous juvenile court judgment can qualify as a "strike" increasing an adult's sentence under the state's Three Strikes Law.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 3, 2009, 8:35 AM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

There is something strangely compelling about the argument that a two-time loser adult's one juvenile conviction should be factored into sentencing.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 3, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I appreciate the decision. It's a tough law and important to lock up individuals who are a danger to society. Guns in the hands of antisocial teens/adults can cause irreparable harm, lives can be ended and families completely destroyed.

I say TUMBS UP! As for the career criminal Vince Nguyen, good riddance.

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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2009 at 9:03 pm

An excellent ruling. A victory for law abiding citizens of California!

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Posted by Alison
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

The criminal behaviors that begin in the juvenile years and qualify under these laws, will only escalate. If they are given a clean slate at 18, they realize they have yet another chance to avoid the final results of a third violation.

They shouldn't get a "free shot" at the society just because they were under 18. If they commit a crime as a juvenile and learn their lesson, all is resolved for the community. If there is a string of offenses, they should all count toward the penalty. It just makes sense.

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