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What’s Happening Now in the World of Criminal Law

03Photo: A criminal being handcuffedIf you watch the news regularly, you know there’s always something going on in the world of criminal law. From what’s happening in the streets of your own neighborhood to worldwide news that affects all of us, there’s always something happening.

Here are the top criminal law stories in the news right now.

Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in Parkland Shooting

A week after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was indicted by a grand jury on 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder, prosecutors in Broward County, Florida have said that they intend to seek the death sentence against the man who was responsible for the shooting massacre that occurred at Parkland high school.

During the shooting, 17 people were killed and another 17 were injured by gunshots fired by Mr. Cruz. A notice filed with the court says that the state intends to seek the death penalty upon proving that this crime “was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel”.

Attorneys for Cruz have stated that they have offered to have Mr. Cruz plead guilty if prosecutors would agree to a sentence of life in prison. Broward public defender, Howard Finkelstein has stated that it would be wrong for Cruz to receive a death sentence based on the number of red flags and warning signs that authorities missed, which could have potentially prevented the tragedy.

A guilty plea from Cruz could result in 34 consecutive life sentences without parole.

Parents Charged in Fatal Shooting of 9-Year-Old

The parents of a 9-year-old female who was shot and killed by her brother are now facing charges of child neglect resulting in death, along with other felony charges.

Nine-year-old Miyanna Jelks, was fatally wounded by her 10-year-old brother. The boy reportedly walked in on her holding their father’s gun and attempted to take it away from her. At this time, the gun fired, hitting the girl.

The parents, Talisha Lee, age 29 and Marcel Antonio, age 32 had left their children alone while they went shopping. The oldest of the children was the 10-year-old boy. Charges say that after the incident happened, the children had no way of contacting their parents, resulting in the delay of the injured girl receiving care.

Once the parents arrived home, the girl was immediately taken to the hospital where she later died.

Study Says Proposition 47 Not Responsible for Increase of Crimes

In 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, which reclassified certain nonviolent drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. The proposition, aimed at lowering the prison population, allows for inmates convicted of specific crimes to petition for resentencing.

Since then, increasing crime rates have been blamed on Proposition 47. Some law officials state that the reduced amount of felony arrests have resulted in criminals feeling bolder, and less touchable.

For the first time since Proposition 47, a thorough study has been conducted and the results tell us something different, citing that the proposition is not responsible for increases in rates of homicide, rape, aggravated assault or robbery.

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