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Daughter lobbies for ‘Karen’s Law’

Bill ensures juveniles charged with murder will be tried as adults

“Karen’s Law” was first introduced at the start of the 2008 legislative session but died when former House Judiciary Chairman Tommy Waters declined to schedule a hearing on it. The bill’s author, Rep. Kymberly Pine, R-43rd (‘Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Pu’uloa), said the law requires a waiver hearing that can take more than a year before a juvenile accused of murder can stand trial as an adult.

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