Canadian Press Covers The Elkhart 4
The National Post a newspaper out of Toronto Canada has picked up the story of The Elkhart 4. In an article entitled “Teen Would-Be Burglars Convicted Of Felony Murder Receive ‘Extreme’ 50-Year Sentences For ‘Crimes They Didn’t Commit” that National Post of Canada brings the case of The Elkhart 4 to an international audience. Maria Assaf, writer of the article, interviews lawyers and parents involved in the case. Assaf also interviews Emily Keller, a lawyer at the Juvenile Law Center in Chicago. Keller is quoted as saying “I believe the use of the felony murder is really just inappropriate when it’s applied against juveniles who didn’t kill anyone or didn’t intend to kill anyone.”
This follows a powerful editorial in The Huffington Post last Friday which argues that the felony murder charge and conviction of these teens was a miscarriage of justice.
Canada does not have the felony murder rule and handles juvenile justice cases very differently to how this case was handled. In an article published in August 2013 we looked at how Canada would handle a case similar to The Elkhart 4 if it happened in Toronto.
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