POLL: Should Law Go Easy on Senior Facing Drug Charges Because of His Age?
Donald Edwards was arrested Friday by Orland Park Police for selling drugs, according to a Sun-Times Media report. At 73, should the Frankfort Township resident's age be a factor for law enforcement?
Donald Edwards, of the 11200 block of North Woodland Circle, near Mokena in unincorporated Will County, was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and intent to deliver after police searched his home Friday, the report said. Edwards is still being held in Will County Jail, and his bail is set at $7,500. His next court date is July 2.
A woman also living at the same address was arrested Friday, according to the report. Brandy Derkacy, 25, was charged with possession of marijuana and intent to deliver, the report said.
During a search of Edwards' home, police found unspecified amounts of cocaine and marijuana of Police recovered “a quantity” of cocaine and marijuana, the report said. Police Cmdr. John Keating told Sun-Times Media these arrests were a victory for public safety:
Any time you can shut down a source of illegal narcotics, we consider it a success. This was in a residential neighborhood where there are young families, on a street just off Wolf Road with homes on either side (of the house).
If convicted on the charge of cocaine possession with intent to sell, Edwards faces a minimum of six years and a maximum of 60 years in prison depending on the amount of drugs found.
Given his age, should law enforcement officials go easy on Edwards? The law creates a distinction for minors committing crimes. Should it do the same for senior citizens if they're considered less of a danger to the public than younger offenders? Or should age play no role when it comes to pursuing and punishing law-breakers? If you were on the jury, would you be able to vote for the conviction of a 73-year-old man?
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