February 11, 2011 -- Professor Jyoti Nanda discussed when children can be tried as adults in a Riverside Press-Enterprise article about the rape of a 13-year old girl.
Children under 14 can be charged as adults in California only if crimes are especially serious and the defendants are deemed fit for adult court, said Jyoti Nanda, a law professor at UCLA.
Nanda said violent crimes committed by children so young often indicate psychological problems or violence in their past.
"For 13-year-old boys to commit a gang rape is highly unusual," she said.
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