Former high-ranking U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy discusses charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley. McCarthy made these comments yesterday appearing with Neil Cavuto.
Andrew McCarthy — "I really think it's outrageous, I mean I understand it because people are very hot, emotions are very raw, this was a heinous heinous act."
"It's going to be the subject of a prosecution where the kid who did the shooting who's going to be treated as an adult which the prosecutors have the discretion to do is appropriately looking at multiple life counts and attempted murder counts, you know he can't live long enough to serve the number of years that are going to be imposed in this case but we're not supposed to make criminal law on the fly," he said.
"And the state of Michigan has considered a number of times enacting a law, this child access prevention law that many states have adopted which would make criminal what happened here which was the that the parents allowed the child to get access to the weapon. But the state of Michigan has decided not to enact that law."
"And you can argue that that's a good thing or a bad thing but the fact is it's a thing and it's up to the legislature to make the criminal law so what happened here is they don't have a law to prosecute what the parents did even though the legislature's considered it and not enacted it."
"So at a time when everybody's hot and emotions are raw, prosecutors are creating a crime on the fly to attach to these parents. And if you think about it, it doesn't make much more sense to accuse them of complicity in murder, any more than it makes sense to accuse the school officials of murder."