Veteran Nashville prosecutor Kathy Morante will be taking on the worst juvenile offenders, says The Tennessean. Morante, 51, a small woman known for her sometimes-fiery presence in the courtroom and unwavering support of victims, sought the job after an explosion of violent juvenile crime. “There’s no satisfaction in that I am putting a child away – a 15-year-old, a 17-year-old – for the rest of their life,” Morante says.
Morante wrote the state’s briefs in the 1985 U.S. Supreme Court case Payne vs. Tennessee, which found that a defendant’s right to a fair trial in a death penalty case isn’t violated when prosecutors allow victims to tell courts how much pain and suffering the crime caused. Morante knows her new career path is going to have some challenges and there will be problems she can’t fix. “I’m not going to be able to solve the problem of a why a 14-year-old walks in a market and shoots the market owner,” she said.