The Next Juvenile Case : Lionel Tate

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. The next juvenile case is that of Lionel Tate. The facts of the case are as follows, Lionel Tate at the age of 12 was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of six-year-old Tiffany Eunick. The murder was committed while Tate’s mother was tasked with babysitting Tiffany on July 28th 1999. At around 10:40 pm Tate told his mother that Tiffany was not breathing. Tate said that he was only wrestling with Tiffany before she stopped breathing and had her head in a headlock when she smashed against the side of a table. He stated that he watched roll around on the floor and cry afterwards before he decided to go back to watching television. By the time Tate alerted his mother, the girls broken and bruised body was already cold. Some speculate whether Tate really comprehended what he was doing, and whether it was a honest accident or intentional by all means. A child abuse expert who testified against Tate in said, “No, there is absolutely no way that this was simply a kid imitating some wrestling moves. This was an absolutely brutal beating, one that left poor Tiffany with 35 injuries. Tiffany had a cracked skull, a broken rib, a lacerated liver, hemorrhaged kidneys, bleeding in her brain, and dozens of bruises on her little body. This was a brutal beating that lasted for approximately five minutes and was equal in force to a fall from a 3-story building” (Child Abuse expert in Lionel Tate case, 2001). It was also mentioned that the beating of Tiffany Eunick had lasted for five minutes and with every blow to her small body she would have screamed out in pain at her bones being bruised and broken showing that Tate obviously ignored her blatant cries not only after the beating but during as well. Tate was old enough to u... ... middle of paper ... ...But these incentives do not necessarily work if they are not enforced equally upon all who commit the same crime. For example, a teenager about 16 years old is smart enough to understand that if he were to commit a capital crime he would not be charged as an adult, therefore committing the crime anyways. Also the execution would stoop the current criminal from committing the crime again either while in prison or if possibly released back into society. With a final testimony from Ernest van den Haag in which he states, “Execution of those who have committed heinous murders may deter only one murder per year. If it does, it seems quite warranted. It is also the only fitting retribution for murder I can think of.” (Ernest van den Haag, 1986), he gives a reasonable explanation as to why he believes it should be allowed by using both his personal and professional opinion.

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