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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Can I delegate raising my kids to a courtroom, too?

Elliot noticed this story:

OTTAWA (AFP) — A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Like we needed more reason to make fun of Canada. Geez, and we thought we had problems with our courts.

Here’s a little more detail on the case:

The father first forbade his daughter from going online after the Grade 6 student posted photos on a dating site, the Globe and Mail reported in its Thursday edition.

The girl's parents are divorced, and after she had an alleged row with her stepmother, the dad barred her from going on a school trip to mark the class's graduation from elementary school, the newspaper says.

"When he said, 'OK, it's final. You're not going,' she smacked the door, left and went to live with her mother," the father's lawyer, Kim Beaudoin, told CBC News.

Last Wednesday, the dad received a motion petitioning the court to overturn the punishment.

Two days later, the justice ruled that the punishment was too severe since the girl had already been sufficiently disciplined, said Beaudoin.

Beaudoin said the justice also said there was no reason for the punishment to stand, since the girl was now living with her mother, even though the father has custody.
Sounds like it could be a custody thing. Some parents run to the judge for every little dispute.

Still: what the hell is going on up there?

More - Grandpa Steve writes:

The Inquisition

Ann Coulter:

It's only a matter of time before the Supreme Court steps in to overrule Randy, Paula and Simon.
If you don't know who Coulter is referring to in 'Randy, Paula, and Simon,' I applaud you. You have a life.
Replace the words “the Supreme Court” with “a Canadian court” and suddenly that doesn’t look so far-fetched.