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And justice for all: Woman, 85, can go to jail for causing a fire

In Law, Life on November 14, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

Probably the oldest woman to have ever faced criminal prosecution is an elderly lady from the town of Hradec Kralove. She can spend one year in prison because arrording to police investigation she caused a fire in an apartment building last year. She did not put our her cigarette properly, the cops say.

The lady faces public endangerment charges, which is “unintentional offense”. Which is why the DA should drop the charges. It would be stupid to hunt down and punish and old woman who is obviously forgetful. Since we don’t prosecute kids who are one day away from their 15th birthday (there will be some changes, see two posts below), we should also have some kind of age limit for the elderly and their unintentional offenses, let alone misdemeanors.

The police say the woman will have to undergo psychological test to assess how “sane” she is in terms of criminal liability. You don’t have be Frasier and Niles combined to get the idea without the test…

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