John Diedrich of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports on the disturbing facts of how some very violent juveniles slip through the cracks of our court system. One, Markus Evans, first encounter with the courts was when he was 7 years old, after stabbing his kindergarten teacher with a pencil. 10 years later, he is in court yet another time for allegedly murdering a 17-year-old woman.
"When you look at this case, it just says there ought to be a hell of a lot of more communication with those who interact with those kids - schools, cops, probation, prosecutors - everyone," said retired Judge Michael Malmstadt, who served 13 years in children's court but did not handle any of Evans' cases . "Looking back at it, this kid raised an awful lot of warning signs."