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How the Law Treats Kids Who Didn't Grow Up Like Kavanaugh

The judge’s allies should ask themselves if young offenders in general deserve more leniency.
Source: Chris Wattie / Reuters

The scene is familiar: loud music, no parents, and beer. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that, in a Bethesda home in 1982, when she was in high school, then 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her. Kavanaugh categorically denies the accusation. His staunchest defenders say that, even if the accusation is true, his behavior as a young man should not derail his path to the Supreme Court.

Yet the repercussions many young people—particularly low-income youth, and thousands more over that age serving time for offenses committed in their teenage years.

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