posted by PaulNoonan at
Hold on, Paul. Of course it's utterly ridiculous that these people got 27 months in prison, more than many violent criminals get. But I'd hardly call hosting a party with 60 drunk minors and lying to their parents about whether alcohol would be served responsible parenting.
By MDS, at 11:13 AM
I call providing a safe drinking environment when there would otherwise be unsafe drinking to be responsible. I also have no objection to 16 year olds drinking in the proper context. I do have a problem with the lying to other parents, they should have more widely publicized the truth (and gotten permission slips), but I am also of the opinion that some parents are engaging in willful ignorance here. And I'll bet that most knew of it. 90 days would have been about right for lying. I would have simply fined them.However, my main point is that the kids didn't do anything wrong, and therefore the parents should not be punished. The Lying wasn't a responsible action, but the party was. And they were punished for the party:In sentencing the Robinsons to eight years, Juvenile Judge Dwight D. Johnson expressed anger that the couple gave alcohol to the teens a month after a classmate of their son had been killed on her way home from another party that included underage drinking.The Robinsons have acknowledged a mistake in judgment but said they decided to provide alcohol in a safe environment to make sure that no one at the party would be driving under the influence of alcohol.
By PaulNoonan, at 11:29 AM
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