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Monday, June 30, 2008

Ind. Decisions - More on "Physical discipline of child not abuse"

Updating this June 12th ILB entry on the Supreme Court's 4-1 decision June 10th in the case of Sophia Willis v. State of Indiana (see ILB entry here, 2nd case), the South Bend Tribune today carries an editorial by the Associated Press on the opinion. The brief editorial concludes:

The court based its reversal on what seems to be a very broad conclusion: Because the injuries were not permanent or serious, battery had not occurred.

While we are certain that the court did not intend to put its stamp of approval on beating children, we share Sullivan's concerns. It seems that the issue of corporal punishment has been muddied rather than clarified.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 30, 2008 08:55 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions