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Case 1: Corporal Punishment PDF Print E-mail
My client was a single mother who had never been arrested before and was being charged with battery against her son because she spanked him with a belt and left bruises and welts on his back and buttocks. The son, who was struggling in school, refused to do his homework and the mom went to spank him. He resisted leading to the marks on the back and buttocks because he wouldn’t sit still and was trying to run away. The son had gone to school and a teacher contacted the nurse who then contacted DeFACS who then contacted law enforcement.

Prior to trial, state offered my client 30 days in jail and probation. I adamantly told my client to refuse that offer. The state still went forward with their case despite DeFACS saying that this was an isolated incident and there were no signs of abuse. At trial we raised justification (corporal punishment) as the defense. Jury returned a not guilty verdict in less than ten minutes.
 
Case 1: Corporal Punishment PDF Print E-mail
My client was a single mother who had never been arrested before and was being charged with battery against her son because she spanked him with a belt and left bruises and welts on his back and buttocks. The son, who was struggling in school, refused to do his homework and the mom went to spank him. He resisted leading to the marks on the back and buttocks because he wouldn’t sit still and was trying to run away. The son had gone to school and a teacher contacted the nurse who then contacted DeFACS who then contacted law enforcement.

Prior to trial, state offered my client 30 days in jail and probation. I adamantly told my client to refuse that offer. The state still went forward with their case despite DeFACS saying that this was an isolated incident and there were no signs of abuse. At trial we raised justification (corporal punishment) as the defense. Jury returned a not guilty verdict in less than ten minutes.