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Old 02-19-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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OK 4-1/2 miles is a LONG hike for a kid.

But jail? A fine?

Mom charged after forcing 10-yr-old to walk 4.5 miles to school - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana |
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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seems the police could stand down... there is nothing to be gained from this action.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I agree with the police on this one, too many kids have been abducted while walking alone. How would she had felt if he had? Since she was on vacation, she should have walked him to school. That would have been even more embarassing.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:13 PM
 
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Up to. Did you read the article?
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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I agree with the police on this one, too many kids have been abducted while walking alone. How would she had felt if he had? Since she was on vacation, she should have walked him to school. That would have been even more embarassing.
Have some data to back up the "too many kids have been abducted" or just fear mongering to justify the promotion of the nanny state?
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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seems the police could stand down... there is nothing to be gained from this action.
On the face of it, I'd agree with you, but in this particular case the cop's hands may be tied. So might the hands of the prosecutor. Louisiana is the only state in America where the laws are based upon the Napoleonic Code, rather than English Common law.

Simplistically, the difference is that under English Common law (which federal law is also under) laws are subject to interpretation based upon what's been ruled before. Precedence carries great weight, more so than most people fully understand, I think. But, under the Code de Napolean, the law is very specific and it's not often challenged successfully. The law says what it says and that's not open to debate. What is illegal is specifically defined and anything outside those definitions is basically considered as legal, though court cases often revolve around what the state legislature meant by the words they used. In fact, the basic assumption is that anything NOT made illegal, is still legal, at least in so far as I understand it (and, I'm not a lawyer).

The point is, that Louisiana child endangerment laws may very well specify that the action that Mother took is illegal and constitutes the commission of a crime. If that's the case, then the cop had no choice but to arrest her and the prosecutor will have no choice under the law but to prosecute her.

I'll see if I can find the law and report back.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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Up to. Did you read the article?
Yes. And it contained sentences.

"Up to" is not a sentence. How about a subject and a verb, maybe with a prepositional phrase so I can get your point. Two prepositions just doesn't do it for me.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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Nanny state strikes again. While 4.5 miles is really far for a kid to walk, being the parent she should be allowed to decide how to punish him for losing his bus riding privileges for the fifth time. Hell, he only made it a few blocks from home before the cops picked him up.

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His mother sent him to school on foot Monday as punishment for the repeated suspensions. He only made it a few blocks before he was picked up by police.
Walking to school is now a crime. Good Lord.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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5 miles is far to walk even for me, let alone a 10 year old by himself. They probably did it because the kid said (from the OP article).

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the boy asked them, "Please don't take me home, mother will beat me."
You don't get to kick the **** out of your kid, bad or good.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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This country is going to Orwellian, Haxleyan, Burgessian..... crap. Whatever dystopian novel you pick, one thing you can be certain about, fine folks and governments of USA are working hard to make every and each dystopian novel a reality.
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