Maple Hts parental responsibility law ruled unconstitutional

From the Plain Dealer:

In her decision, [Garfield Heights Municipal Judge Jennifer] Weiler wrote that the law is vague, fails to define “poor supervision” of a minor and is unevenly applied, because not every parent whose child is charged with a crime is cited.

The ordinance gives parents a chance to convince a court that they have taken reasonable steps to control their child. But Weiler ruled that the law unconstitutionally places the burden of proof on the accused and violates due process.

King’s Right Site has this post and info on the Bedford city law.

So – what do people think?

As a legal decision, I think she could be on to something. But I have to read the law and the decision. I just don’t have enough info right now.

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