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If a child can be tried as an adult then could the opposite be true?

Asked by talljasperman (18881 points ) January 30th, 2014

Can an adult be tried as a child?

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cookieman's avatar

No, but an adult can be found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

ibstubro's avatar

Damn. I think @cookieman nailed it.

I had a pretty good answer lined up, but, hey. Call it.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I think @cookieman pretty much said what I want to say…

cookieman's avatar

It helps that my wife went to law school.

Cruiser's avatar

My wife would vote emphatically yes!

CWOTUS's avatar

The argument that an adult should be tried in juvenile court (for a crime that he may have allegedly committed as a juvenile) was advanced by the defense / appeals team for Michael Skakel in the appeal of his conviction (in 2002) for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, when Skakel was a fifteen-year-old. The appeal has not been upheld, but it was an interesting attempt.

chewhorse's avatar

When mental incompetency becomes a factor, it’s almost seen in the same light as a minor. except where punishment is involved (probation, general incarceration, etc.).

ragingloli's avatar

In Germany, the ‘Jugendstrafrecht’ can be applied to adults between 18 and 21 years old, if their immaturity is certified by the ‘Jugendgerichtshilfe’.

tobycrabtree's avatar

When mental incompetency becomes a factor, it’s almost seen in the same light as a minor. except where punishment is involved its depend on the law and judgment.

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