Democracy Now!

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Fast Track Legislation; Juvenile Justice; Chicago Juvenile Cases

(14 Minutes) Fast Track Legislation A look at the fast track bill that is going through Congress. fast track legislation would allow the president to put forward trade agreements and treaties which Congress could not ammend. GUEST: Dan Seligman, dir. of the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Campaign. (19 Minutes) Juvenile Justice This week, the House quietly passed the unpopular Juvenile Crime Bill, under which states will try all juvenile offenders over the age of 15 as adults, and will adopt a system of mandatory sentencing. GUEST: Vincent Schiraldi, from the Justice Policy Institute in Washington, a group that opposes the bill. GUEST: Kimwade, from the Children's Defense Fund. (12 Minutes) Chicago Juvenile Cases Following a case where two boys aged 7 and 8 were charged with murdering an 11 year-old boy, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) attempted an evening vote on the Senate of the Juvenile Crime Act. Last week, charges were dropped against both boys after the evidence pointed to a sexual assault by an adult perpetrator. GUEST: Steven Drizin, Supervising atty. at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University' School of Law.

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WPFW; Julie Drizin, Amy Goodman; September 18, 1998
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