This U.S. Justice System FAILURE is all too common throughout these United States: A man takes a cell phone away from his 12-year-old daughter as punishment for her misuse of the device. (Story) The daughter’s mother (married to someone else) files a complaint of theft against the father. The district attorney offers him a plea deal. The father refuses. A judge issues a warrant for the father’s arrest. Cops arrest the father. He demands a jury trial. He wins.
WRONG — WRONG — WRONG!
This is NOT justice!!! This man should never have been arrested in the first place.
Before anyone in the Justice System acts, they must first ensure compliance with the U.S. Constitution and State Law as demanded by their oath of office and expected by the citizens who pay their salaries. They have a duty to themselves and the citizens they swore to “serve and protect” to NEVER act in a manner that runs afoul of “the supreme Law of the Land” or any lawfully derived state or federal law.
Thankfully, “Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty, citing insufficient evidence to prove a theft charge.”
Unfortunately, “Although Jackson won the case and is allowed to keep the phone, he said he has had to separate himself from Steppe and his daughter because of this incident. ‘I can’t ever have a relationship with them again,’ he said.”
This wasn’t justice. It was a travesty of justice. The father was acting squarely within his right and responsibility as a parent. Our Constitution specifically states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” (Tenth Amendment, Bill of Rights). Nowhere does either the Constitution or the Texas State Constitution give the state the power or authority to second-guess the parent under these circumstances. Meanwhile, countless precedent established under case law substantiates parental authority over child ownership. That’s why you never leave any significant sum of money to a child. One or the other parent can take it. Instead, you leave it in a trust, to which the child has limited and monitored access until they’re either eighteen or as otherwise specified in the trust.
As a result of this travesty of justice, the father and daughter are now as estranged as were the father and his ex-wife. The father is out many thousands of dollars defending his rightful actions as a parent.
This comedy of errors could have been prevented at any stage:
1. This error should have ended with the wife backing up her daughter’s father.
2. The wife’s current husband, himself a police officer, should have advised his wife that a parent taking something away from a child is both lawful, and in the case of misuse, morally right.
3. The Dallas County Judge should have REFUSED to issue a warrant for the man’s arrest for taking his daughter’s cell phone. That is not only his right, as a parent, to withhold any and all property from his child in response to inappropriate behavior by the child, but it is the responsibility of the parent to do so. It doesn’t matter if that property is a cell phone or a car. Ownership is subject to parental consent.
4. If the warrant for his arrest specified the cell phone, the responding officers should have refused to serve it, commensurate with their sworn duty to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.” What kind of law enforcement officers do We the People want, anyway? Those who “just follow orders” or those who know and respect the law, beginning with the most important source of all, our Constitution — “the supreme Law of the Land?”
5. The judge heading up the jury trial should have looked into the case and tossed it for being groundless BEFORE it was brought to trial. That alone cost the man thousands of dollars in legal fees and very unnecessarily so.
This case is a prime example of what’s WRONG with our justice system today: NOBODY throughout the entire chain is doing their JOB, which is first and foremost to keep things at the lowest possible level. Instead, they allow everything to be elevated, costing INNOCENT PEOPLE thousands of dollars until they’re “cleared.”
I call that “organized crime.” It’s a FAILURE of RESPONSIBILITY at all levels of the justice system: The cops, the lawyers, the judge who issued the warrant, the arresting officers, and the judge who let it go to trial.
BIG FAT FAIL
And We the People are the ones being screwed out of our hard-earned dollars yet again.
Each and every single individual involved in that chain of errors should be SUED TO KINGDOM COME. This is NOT what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution. Our system of justice was NOT established to provide lofty incomes for those who ignore common sense while trampling on the Constitutional rights and freedoms of American citizens.
Yes, this is a fairly minor matter. Yet it happens all the time, often with much poorer outcomes. It happens all the time in cases involving far more significant sums of money, too. The problem is that this is happening all the time, at all levels, and once you’re sucked into the system, even the most favorable outcome will cost you thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars.
Ladies and gentlemen, the system of justice as envisioned by our Founding Fathers was true, right, and just. The system as it exists is a fantastically warped mockery designed to perpetuate and pad the system at the expense — rather than support — of We the People.