Because being held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of your actions is not fair. At least not to the Liberal mindset. Column: Five Chicago teenagers are charged with a murder police know they did not commit. In Illinois, it’s legal.
The lie is right up front.
A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed for allegedly trying to steal a car from a driveway.
The homeowner didn’t shoot because they were stealing his car. The homeowner opened fire because two of the “teens” were approaching him, one of whom was armed with a knife. Hence the self-defense part of the story. The original posting on this incident can be found at the following link. Felony Murder in Illinois.
And the fact that The Left HATES Felony Murder, because why should you be responsible for the consequences of your actions? That would be just plain crazy. (At least the way the politicians in Chicago see things.)
the five teenagers who were with him were charged with a murder they did not commit.
The 2 quotes I have above are actually 2 clauses from 1 sentence in the first paragraph of this article. The 2nd paragraph contains another lie.
That’s because of an obscure Illinois law that allows authorities to charge people with murder if someone dies during the commission of a serious crime, whether they personally inflicted the injury or not. In this case, the crime was burglary.
Felony Murder is NOT an obscure law. Not even though The Left would love to consign it to that status. (See the tag at the bottom of this post.)
Now this is a column, not a news article even though it tries to come across as one. So some opinion is expected.
Without question, these kids deserve to be held accountable if this is true. But charging them with murder? That’s ridiculous.
What’s ridiculous is expecting the rest of the country to follow Chicago down the “no consequences” path to destruction. And lack of consequences is exactly what the Tribune is pushing for.
It is wrong to charge teenagers with a murder they clearly did not intend to happen and likely never even considered might happen.
Both the teenagers (who are being charged as adults) and the legal adult should have thought about consequences, but of course in Cook County, there aren’t any. And the columnist needs to grow up a little as well. Those “teens” were armed with a knife, and threaten the homeowner. I doubt she would be crying crocodile tears if they had stabbed the homeowner in Lake County.
Oh, and the Sun-Times doesn’t want to be left out. EDITORIAL: Charge of murder against five teens in Gurnee shooting is a stretch .
That said, we believe the Lake County state’s attorney’s office went too far — following a state law that goes too far — in charging five of the teenagers with murder after the alleged auto theft went awry and the sixth teenager was shot and killed.
Because being responsible for the foreseeable consequences of your actions is unfair. Or something.