A 13-year-old girl is killed on her birthday, and it’s apparently not a crime.
A teenage girl was accidentally shot and killed Tuesday night in Johnson County while her teenage brother cleaned a gun.
Emilee Bates, who celebrated her 13th birthday Tuesday, was airlifted to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where she died, authorities said.
Deputies responded at about 8 p.m. to the home off FM917 near Joshua. Emilee’s 19-year-old brother was cleaning his guns when one went off, striking her in the stomach, authorities said.
The incident is being treated as an accident, and no charges are expected to be filed, said Lt. Tim Jones, a spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.
But this I suppose is a crime.
A Florida state senator says he wants changes made to laws in the wake of the felony charges against Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old high school senior who was arrested for her relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Under Florida’s consent laws, it is illegal for an 18-year-old to engage in sexual relations with anyone under the age of 16. According to TCPalm, other Indian River County lawmakers said that the laws protect children as they stand.
Hunt faces two felony charges and could serve 15 years in prison if convicted. She is scheduled to appear in court June 20 after refusing a plea deal last Friday. The deal offered by the state of Florida would have placed Hunt under house arrest and required her to register as a sex offender.
How things change, I guess, as I recall when such laws were used to selectively ensure your white daughter didn’t date a black classmate.
Take it away, Archie.
June 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm
Prosecutorial discretion is an evil and chilling factor in our criminal justice system. That’s the standard that allows police officers to prosecute some people, but not others, for the same crime or type of crime.