Jesse Gary of KTVU in San Francisco has this report with the above title on the effects of Proposition 57, passed by the voters last November.
The killing of Madyson Middleton struck at the core of California's conscience because it was a hideous crime committed in a Santa Cruz arts center apartment complex.The story refers to this as an "unintended" consequence. It was unintended by the people, who were not well informed what they were voting on, as the press and the big money were on one side and the underfunded opposition was on the other. It was intended by the proponents, though, at least in the sense that "knowingly" is equivalent to "intentionally" in culpable mental states. Proposition 57 was all about helping the criminals with complete disregard for the victims, past and future.
The slaying of the 8-year-old [girl] was made more shocking because the identity of the suspect was the victim's then-15 year old neighbor.* * *The trial delay is directly linked to an act approved by voters that was an effort to improve the judicial process. Last fall, voters approved Proposition 57, which passed with nearly 65 percent of the vote.The suspect, identified as Adrian Jerry Gonzalez, was charged as an adult for killing and sexually assaulting the girl before her body was dumped into a recycling bin.Almost two years after the crime, the suspect still hasn't been brought to trial.* * *The measure in part mandates that juveniles accused of a crime receive a special transfer hearing to determine if they should be tried in adult or juvenile court.