Disciplining Children v. Outright Beating: Where is the Line?

Earlier this month, a now-23-year-old woman posted a video on YouTube of her father, a family court judge in Texas (who, ironically, hears child abuse cases) who beat her after discovering his daughter was using the Internet on the home computer to illegally download music.  The video, linked here, is disturbing to say the least.  It begins with hearing the father off camera tell his wife, “go get my belt,” and continues for just over seven a half minutes of the father whipping his daughter on her legs and butt, while verbally abusing her.  … <Read More>

Child Pornography or Very Poor Decision-Making?


Evan Emory, 21,  was arrested in Michigan on charges of manufacturing and distributing child pornography for which he can spend up to 20 years in prison and 25 years on the sex offender registry. What was his crime? Mr. Emory showed a video at a local nightclub, in which he was shown performing a sexually explicit song to a group of six year olds.

Prior to the nightclub incident, Emory performed and recorded kid-friendly songs, such as “Lunchlady Land,” for first grade students at a Muskegon, Michigan elementary school. After the students had left, Emory recorded the sexually explicit lyrics and edited the video to create the version which was played at the bar and posted on YouTube (it has sense been removed).

How did this escalate to child p

When parents caught wind of the video and what had happened, they went crazy even though they knew their children had not actually been exposed to the graphic lyrics. The Supreme Court has ruled that child pornography is not subject to the same First Amendment rights as adult pornography. In this case, however, no child was actually abused, leaving many unanswered questions regarding where to draw the line.

According to the article, the prosecutor in the case, Mr. Tague “says he wants to resolve the case in a way ‘that will send a message that this is wrong but will not ruin the young man’s life.'”

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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