She opened her eyes and saw him embracing the young defendant
, only 15 at the time, at which point she became angry and attempted to leave.
After six months of deliberation, the Missouri Supreme Court said March 19 that it couldn't decide whether a young defendant
facing an unusual charge had been found not guilty or merely had the case against him dismissed.
Summary: Another young defendant
, who beat guard and tried to steal bicycle gets suspended jail term
He said the young defendant
had passed the compulsory basic training for riding his Honda bike but both he and his friend made a "foolish overtaking manoeuvre".
And while police spoke to him, he received a message on his iPhone saying: "Can I buy a tenner bag off you?" A judge decided to take a "calculated risk" on the young defendant
in the hope he could be steered away from crime.
He added: "In the context of a relatively young defendant
that is a very significant period of time indeed."
The young defendant
admitted possessing M-Cat with intent to supply, and having cannabis.
He added: "This young defendant
accepts full responsibility for this offence, he does not seek to diminish his responsibility.
The judge declined to ban the young defendant
from being identified, saying: "In view of the gravity of this case the press ought to be free to report it." Schick, an only child whose mother is estranged from his US-based father, looked close to tears as he was sentenced.
The young defendant
seems unable to acknowledge his action, and toward the end of the memoir the reader learns he has been involved in another incident.
Guidelines were laid down by the Lord Chief Justice two years ago when he said trials should not "expose a young defendant
to avoidable intimidation, humiliation or distress".
Hatch and Sessions' legislation also calls for states to abandon judicial discretion--juvenile judges' power to decide whether a young defendant
should remain in juvenile court or be sent to the adult system--in favor of prosecutorial discretion.