In 2013, Punam Grewal was the defendant for a young boy (whose name will be omitted) who killed his Neo-Nazi Father, Jeff Hall, when he was 10 years old. He was 13 at the time of the case. The boy was undeniably found guilty of the incident and prosecutors said that he should be locked in a secure state juvenile detention center because he posed a danger to society. Taking into account that the punishment must meet the crime, Grewal said that sending the boy to the Department of Juvenile Justice would violate his civil rights given details from the case that were overlooked. He would have been subject to specialized treatment for ADHD, speech and vision therapy and undiagnosed neurological disorders.
The court ignored evidence of abuse and disabilities - which was a prominent factor in the boy's case - and Grewal pointed this out. It is, of course, counterproductive to anyone’s treatment to be assigned an ineffective punishment.
As with any case, there are always two sides of the story. Read more about how Punam Grewal handled the case from the Press Enterprise.
In a nutshell, the Hall matter is an extraordinary, but not unique, example of the heightened vulnerability of youth and young adults with disabilities (some gifted) being utilized as scapegoats for the failings of the public school system AND the failings of the juvenile / adult criminal justice system.
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