Father Jailed for Daughter’s Crime


Father Jailed for Daughter's Crime

In an interesting story Foxnews reports that the father of an 18 year old girl will be released from jail today. He was jailed because the 18 year old girl refused to attend GED classes.

To me, this is a very interesting case. Or should I say an interesting abuse of the legal system. According to this legal thesis, relatives of any criminal can and should be held to account for the crimes of other adults.

An example: you give your 28 year old brother a helping hand by letting him stay in your spare bedroom. He robs the 7-11 down the street and the judge says "We can't find your brother but until he turns himself in YOU go to jail".

The Foxnews story, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008May16/0,4670,ODDDiplomaFatherJailed,00.html" mce_href="http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008May16/0,4670,ODDDiplomaFatherJailed,00.html">which can be found here,</a>is not that unusual. In Texas, some cities also jail parents of delinquent children or at the least impose a hefty fine. What is unusual here is the fact that the "child" is over the age of 18.

This really raises serious legal questions. Can and/or should the parents of criminals be held responsible for the illegal actions of their adult children?

Should the courts hold the parents of O J Simpson equally responsible for the deaths of his wife and her friend? Should the parents of Timothy McVeigh be held equally responsible for the bombing of the federal court house in Oklahoma City? Should the parents of Ted Bundy be held equally responsible for the serial murders he committed?

One can certainly argue that the parents of each of these individuals were grossly negligent in raising and instilling morals into these criminals. Perhaps to the point that each parent can be considered a contributory factor to the crime committed. In other words, an accessory before the fact, as opposed to an accessory after the fact.

I will not bore you with how long its been since I took a course in B-Law. But when I took the course, parents were only responsible for the necessaries (food, clothing, shelter, medical, etc.) of a minor child. Any child over the age of 18 was considered an adult and not under the care and custody of the parents.

As our population grows the rules (laws) by which we govern ourselves seem to multiply at about the same rate as humans do. That is not as worrisome as the expansion of the interpretation of the laws by Judges.

Comments 3 comments

Agro Donkey 8 years ago from Ohio

You hit the nail on the head. The problem is that they want to punish parents for there kids being rotten but they want to punish the parent for beating their butts to. I have a daughter and when she needs it I am going to spank her. When I was growing up if I needed it my mom spanked me. I have never been arested. I have never had any trouble with the law. My younger sister was spanked and no problems there either. My nieces and nephews were all spanked and they are good kids. There is a diffrence between abuse and correction. Abuse is a punishment without purpose. Correction is punishment that teaches a lesson. Don't touch the stove is a correction. The stove is hot and will hurt the child more than a slap on the butt. Don't run toward the street. A car will hurt a child more than your hand hitting it's butt. Don't be afraid to spank your child.

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dutch84 8 years ago

i like your hubs. They are a very different perspective from the typical mindless garbage you read on here. "60 sexy celebrity photos" and whatnot....

I hope to read more insightful and challenging things from you.

celebrity  6 years ago

challenging things from you.

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