December 2014 Archives

Train service knocked out by alleged drunk driver in Illinois

Service on the South Chicago branch of Metra's Electric District was knocked out after an allegedly drunk semi-truck driver crashed into a support for the line's electric wires on Dec. 14. The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m.

The juvenile justice system in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, a person under the age of 16 is considered a juvenile. In addition to an upper age limit, the juvenile justice system also sets a lower age limit. In most jurisdictions, the lower age is set at six or seven. This is because young children are not capable of criminal intent, also known as mens rea. Additionally, young children are not able to distinguish right from wrong, or dolci incapax, in legal terms. If a young person allegedly commits a juvenile crime, it is important in the perspective of the legal system whether or not the person is considered an adult or a juvenile.

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