Wed 8 April 2009, The Guardian

I am dreading the possibility that two young children will be forced to undergo a public trial

By Marcel Berlins
The news that two children aged 10 and 11 have been charged with the attempted murder of two other boys is deeply depressing, for reasons separate from the circumstances of the violent assault that took place in a quarry near Doncaster. I have no opinion about their guilt or innocence, but I dread the possibility that children of that age will be forced to undergo a full-blooded public trial as if they were adults. It is impossible not to have in mind the trial of the killers of James Bulger, who were both 10 at the time of the crime . Thank goodness no one has died as a result of the Doncaster assault, but even to contemplate another trial of primary school kids, under the cruel glare of the British media, should provoke shame at our system of dealing with young children accused of serious crime.
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