On May 16th Judge Salazar will rule on the constitutionality of SB 1391 with regards to AJ Gonzalez. Senate Bill 1391, affirmed in September, was a legislative measure meant to place all 14 and 15 year olds in the juvenile system. Gonzalez, then 15 years old, admitted to the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 8 year old Maddy Middleton.
If Judge Salazar rules that SB1391 is constitutional, it is very possible that Gonzalez will be released from custody on his 25th birthday.
There was a 48 hours special on a similar case about Daniel Marsh, who murdered an elderly couple in Davis when he was 15. While some superior court judges are finding SB 1391 unconstitutional, the First District California court of appeals recently just upheld the constitutionality of SB 1391.
It is believed that Judge Salazar will not hold AJ accountable in adult court since this appellate decision has been made public, so we need to pack the courtroom to show the court and the family that although we might believe in the concept of restorative justice, we also believe that perpetrators need to be held accountable for their actions.
While many juveniles can be rehabilitated, some are just too dangerous, and SB 1391 does not allow for these few to be contained. Allowing AJ Gonzalez to walk free at the age of 25 would be an imminent danger to society.
CALL TO ACTION:
Please join us in supporting the Middleton family and the safety of our community.
When: Thursday May 16th at 10am
Where: SCC Courthouse, 701 Ocean Street, Dept 4.
Tina Silverwood Crow says
I pray he is tried as an adult! This man is not fit to be out amongst other victims; he is diabolical!!
Lisa Jordan & family of 6 says
There is no cure for Necrophiles nor psychopaths esp. not in Junvy Hall. He will only act out again killing small animals(rape) and then onto little girls again. He was stalking little Maddy and little June BFF for almost 2 yrs prior. The more he stabbed her, the more she cried out, and he just turn up the music. If he gets out this will harm our society terribly. Look at the “Pre Amble” safety for us all. He even sang about this horrible murder following it and posted it on his Facebook page. This blanket law does not work for the worst of the offender. He could become the next Daniel March. Do we want THAT!! NO, NO, NO! !!~ Please save our society and keep our children and us safe, and keep him in Adult jail and charge him as an adult.
Bruce & Lisa Jordan says
We are Maddy’s grandparents here is Los Gatos, CA. We are all fighting for this cause.