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Rough Justice? Parents Sue Judge to Stop Spanking Sentence

Parents of a 15-year-old Texas girl are seeking a restraining order against a local Justice of the Peace, who offered the girl's step-father a choice between paying a $500 fine, or spanking his daughter in court with a paddle. The girl had been found guilty of truancy.


Justice of the Peace Gustavo Garza has been given time to consult a lawyer before the case against him for abusing citizens his power moves forward. I wonder how the lawyer will try to get him out of this one . . .

Last week Justice Garza said that the punishment was lawful, citing a statistic that 98 percent of parents choose the spanking option as opposed to the fine. I wonder how that stat gets broken down between wealthy and impoverished defendants.

Is Garza actually helping out families who may not be able to afford the fine? Should they be given the option to undergo humiliating physical punishment in public? Is there a difference between discipline and abuse?

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