In today’s “GTFOHWTBS” news, Walter Madison, the attorney for Ma’lik Richmond, says he plans to appeal the judge’s decision because his client’s brain wasn’t fully developed at the time.
Madison apparently has an issue with the rehabilitation sentencing and the required sex offender registry listing. On his “Pier Morgan Live” appearance, he said, “I don’t believe that a person at 75 years old should have to explain for something they did at 16 when scientific evidence would support your brain isn’t fully developed … when evidence in the case would suggest that you were under the influence.”
What boggles my mind is that Richmond, according to the judge, would be able to have himself removed from the sex offender registry if he shows good behavior in detention. But he still thinks his life is over. A year in detention, a possible removal from a registry, and all Richmond could say in the end was, “My life is over. No one is going to want me now.” I guess his brain is fully developed now?
Last year, Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore gave a TED speech about brain development in teenagers, and she’s considered an expert on the teen brain and it’s lack of reasoning skills. With that said, does that mean they can’t distinguish right from wrong or should not be properly held accountable for their actions?