http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/anthony-stewart-7-cent-robbery_n_942036.html As I read this it did, at first, seem stupid to sentence someone as an adult with a felony for stealing seven cents. Then I read a bit more. I am FURIOUS. This should be about ASSAULT and NOT robbery. The felon's cohort in crime pled out as a youthful offender sentenced to a year. Given a chance to admit he did it, the older boy refused, even at the point he knew it would get him the lighter sentence in juvie. So the judge said refusing to admit he is guilty in the face of very clear evidence (the evidence is NOT equivocal), the young man will have a felony and be charged as an adult. Now if it were my kid I would be upset. I might think my kid was getting a bum rap to make headlines or whatever - UNTIL I LEARNED HE BEAT UP AN OLD MAN FOR SEVEN CENTS!!! Why is it that a felony for 7 cents makes headlines and NOT "felony for assault on an older man"????? WTH is wrong with people? Having learned my kid beat up and old man? He owuld be BEGGING to go to juvie because Momma's house owuld be SOOOOOOO UNHAPPY for him. I guess I can see wanting your child to get a fair shake - that is normal and what everyone shoudl get. But WHY is this about seven cents instead of the man who was beaten by a couple of wanna-be thugs tog et teh seven cents he had in his pockets? I know how hard it can be to get a difficult child to admit to anything, but no way would I be in favor of this being presented to anyone in this light if it was my kid. It makes a joke of it - and beating up and old man is not a joke. What is wrong with kids that they would do this and what is wrong that people would see this as about the $$ rather than the assault? Given the man's age, in my opinion it should have some type of sentence enhancement for attacking an elder - someone who should get some respect just for enduring this long!