US father tried for THEFT after he took his 12-year-old daughter’s mobile phone away as a punishment

A Texas father has been found not guilty of theft after he took his 12-year-old daughter’s phone away as punishment.

Ronald Jackson, 36, had been charged with theft of property of at least $50 but under $500 after taking his daughter’s iPhone 4 when he found an inappropriate text in September 2013, WFAA reported.

A judge ordered for Jackson to be found not guilty on Tuesday citing insufficient evidence to continue the case.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That “USA,WTF” tag has been getting a lot of use lately! 🙂

  • BillyHW

    It’s a madhouse! A madhouse!

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  • Martin B

    So every parent needs to get the State’s written permission in triplicate before disciplining his children. Swell.

    • H

      Ideally, progressives and perhaps socialists too would probably like to get rid of parents altogether (aside from leaving them to perform the biological act of procreation). Raising children communally would grow the bureaucracy and further weaken one of the strongest forces that could conceivably interfere with or contest the State’s exercise of power – the Family.

  • Such horse $#!^.

  • Exile1981

    the mom sent her husband… a cop to arrest the father.

  • Canadian

    Unbelievable that this got as far as a judge!

  • Simple question: why are Mobile phone companies signing contracts with minors? A child is not contractually accountable, his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) are. I love the free market and appreciate capitalism, but I don’t appreciate that brand of capitalism. It’s hucksterism. When and where was the Legislation passed allowing this?

    • AlanUK

      Did you read the DM story? The mother claimed the ‘phone contract was with her, not the girl.
      This seems to be “ancient” history. The “theft” occurred in 2013.

      (Of course, this all assumes the Daily Mail’s story is accurate.)

      • You’re making my point, if the contract was with the mother then the phone belongs to the mother — she can do with it what she wants. The Courts erred.

        • AlanUK

          Good point.
          I wonder if the Judge had had enough silliness for one day – especially as the “crime” was years old and a domestic.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I would hand the girl over to her mother and bid them godspeed.