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Spanking your kids can send you to jail!

Posted by Jim Rector on June 20, 2011

Ok, so this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in the last few days. A Corpus Christi judge and prosecutors made it clear that they will no longer tolerate what has been an acceptable and long-standing practice, spanking your kids! Police arrested the subject of the article for “Injury to a child,” related to spanking of her daughter. I’ll let you read the article, Local Mother Sentenced For Spanking, for the particulars.

The most asinine comment came from Judge Jose Longoria, “You don’t spank children today," said Longoria, "in the old days, maybe we got spanked, but there was a different quarrel. You don’t spank children. You understand?". What?!! Now just who does he think he is re-writing law based on he own felt beliefs? Folks these are the kind of activist judges that should be sought out and removed from office by whatever means possible. They need to know that they can only rule based on LAW not FEELINGS.

Texas law clearly states, “Texas law allows the use of force, but not deadly force, against a child by the child’s parent, guardian, or other person who is acting in loco parentis. Most parents do, in fact, use corporal punishment (in the form of spanking) at least occasionally, and most do not, in fact, consider it abusive.”

The judge and prosecutors in this case are clearly outside current Texas law and long acceptable practice.

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