Thank you, Judge DeLamatre, for your column April 1. Bad news travels fast enough. The printing of the names of minors not only infringes on the rights of the child and their families to confidentiality, it also adds fuel to the flame of rumor mills and gossipmongers. Aside from the right to representation, it's pretty much the only other right minors are afforded.
Adults, myself included, and the press must remember, a charge doesn't mean guilt. We're innocent until proven guilty. We're also afforded the right of trial-by-jury. Minors aren't. Their fate lies in the hands of the juvenile judge or the mediation process.
Think about this -- the rights awarded to us through the fifth, sixth, and 14th Amendments only apply to adults. Yet, our minor children, as young as 14 and through high school, become subject to the military recruiting process. Minor children, born or natural citizens of this great, free country, that preaches democracy, will be asked to consider defending and possible die for the rights we hold so dear, yet aren't afforded them for the first 18 years of their life. Go figure!
Vickie M. Bird