Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Readers are doubtless familiar with the news of a father in Shiner, Texas who caught a man in the act of molesting his four-year-old daughter. He struck him so hard (and possibly so often) that the man died at the scene. His daughter was treated in hospital, and will reportedly be OK. The local District Attorney has now announced he'll refer the case to a Grand Jury, which will determine whether or not the father will face charges.
All I can say is, I'd love to be on that jury! Texas law appears to offer an affirmative defense for the father [cf. Texas Penal Code, Ann. § 9.32(a)(2)(B)]; but even if it didn't, given that the deceased was caught in the act of child abuse, I have no problem at all understanding and condoning the father's hot-blooded reaction. I'd have done precisely the same (except that I might not have stopped hitting him yet!). If I were on that jury, that father would be getting congratulated rather than charged with anything!
There's only one real, effective, permanent cure for child abusers. The attacker in this case has been well and truly cured. Well done, that dad!