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    American teens charged with attempted murder in Japan

    Date: 01.04.10 | by Judge Tom.

    They thought it would be funny to run a rope across a road and see what happened as people went by. Three boys and a girl, ages 15 to 18, did this in Tokyo in August, 2009. They snagged a 23-year-old woman who suffered a fractured skull when she hit the rope while riding her motorbike around 11:00 p.m.

    The four teens are children of U.S. military personnel stationed at nearby Yokota Air Base. Since the incident happened off-base, the U.S. turned the four over to the Japanese police. Reportedly they admitted stretching the rope across the road, but had no intent to hurt anyone or commit a crime. One of the boys stated he “wanted to see a surprised look” on whoever hit it. Their arrests were based on witness accounts and security-camera footage. One of the teens was reported to have sought help for the lady from a passerby.

    The teens will be tried under Japanese law. They are not entitled to legal representation provided by the military. Civilians and dependents are excluded from military representation. Their families will have to arrange for private lawyers to represent them. The teens were also required to surrender their passports until the charges are resolved.

    For more about traveling to other countries, see:  http://askthejudge.info/can-i-cross-the-border/99/

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • anonomys
      Thu, 14 Jan 2010 at 07:53

      that’s just sad