Youths committing terrorist acts could be charged as adults under bill headed to governor
NASHVILLE — Youths under age 16 could be transferred to adult courts if charged with acts of terrorism under a bill passed this afternoon by the state House.
The bill is aimed at anyone seeking to intimidate, coerce or influence governments through murder, assassination, torture or mass destruction.
Members approved the bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Hicks, R-Rogersville, 78-5. It was previously approved by the Senate.
Representatives also approved another Hicks bill that authorizes elected district attorneys general, full-time assistant district attorneys general, full-time pro-tem prosecutors employed by the District Attorneys General Conference, the executive director and deputy director of the DAs’ …