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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Monday, July 23, 2007
JUSTICE: THE NEWEST PARENT TRAP
ELISA KELLY OF VIRGINIA probably thought she was being responsible when she bought alcohol for a party and let her underage son and his friends imbibe it under supervision. Instead, she and her then husband, George Robinson, were sentenced last month to 27 months in Jail. No one was hurt at the party or drove afterward, but underage drinking itself is one of a long list of crimes for which a violator's parents can be held responsible. These parent liability laws, mostly passed in the 1990s, differ by state, and penalties can vary widely: vandalism fines, for example, run up to $25,000 in California but only $15,000 in Arkansas. Some states are also holding parents legally responsible for less obvious "crimes" such as fighting on a playground or truancy.


OFFENSES INDEX:

Curfew
Portland, Ore.: Parents can be fined up to $1,000

Injury
California: for injuring another person on school grounds, parents pay both damages and a reward for turning in the offender, each up to $10,000

Gang Activity
Louisiana: If a child becomes a gang member, parents can face jail time, community service and a fine up to $250

Theft
Missouri: for restitution and damages caused by a minor, parents can pay up to $4,000

Vandalism
Arkansas: parents can be held liable for property damaged by their kids; fines up to $15,000

Illegal Downloads
Under federal law, parents can be sued for a child's copyright infringement and pay fines up to $150,000

Drinking
Kansas: for allowing underage drinking at home, parents can get up to 6 months in jail

Weapons
California: if someone is killed or injured because a child was allowed access to a weapon, pay a fine up to $30,000 (for more than one person, pay up to $60,000)

Truancy
Florida: get up to six months in jail, and pay a fine up to $500



(Source: NEWSWEEKMAG by SANHITA SEN)
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