State v. Mason          Somerset County District Court          Skowhegan, Maine

     Defendant Mason acknowledged the killing by gunshot of his mother and brother.  A tape recording captured the moments immediately preceding the fatal shootings.  At issue was the bind over of this young man to stand trial as an adult and thereby receive a minimum twenty-five year sentence.  Expert testimony by Dr. Charles Robinson addressed the issues of age versus maturity, dependence versus independence, the special dynamics of family life, and the differing competencies of adults and youth.  Defendant Mason was sentenced as a juvenile and received residential treatment for three years. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Michaela Murphy, Esq.                              Waterville, Maine                              (207) 873-0781

(See also newspaper article "Mason ruled a juvenile)

          State v. Curtis          Knox County District Court          Belfast, Maine 

     Jonathan Curtis admitted the knifing death of his mother after a long night of drug and alcohol abuse.  At issue was Jonathan’s status as a juvenile versus an adult (with adult status necessitating a minimum twenty-five year sentence).  The Defendant’s expert testimony provided by Dr. Charles Robinson criticized the choice and utilization of tests employed by the State’s psychological expert.  Robinson further opined that Jonathan (17 at the time of the offense) more closely resembled a juvenile than an adult in terms of his psychological make-up.  Jonathan was tried as a juvenile and was committed to the care of the State's juvenile correctional facility until his21st birthday. 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

                              Peter Mason, Esq.                              Searsport, Maine                              (207) 548-2589

(See also newspaper article "Age is factor for trial")

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