The State Supreme Court is considering how much access the public should have to hearings for juvenile offenders charged with crimes that would be felonies if done by an adult. At issue is the case of a 12-year old girl charged in St. Louis with strangling her eight-year-old sister as they argued about a hamburger. Her lawyer says the new state law opening some juvenile proceedings refers only to those in which a judge decides whether the juvenile should be tried as an adult. A lawyer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says all proceedings in serious cases are open under the law.
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