View From a Height
Commentary from the Mile High City
Monday, September 15, 2003

More Government By Court

A judge has told a 13-year-old's father that he must allow her to use a cellphone whenever she likes, except during dinnertime. The parents are divorced, and the mother had given the daughter a cell phone "for protection." The father was unhappy with all the calls she was getting, so he told her to shut it off.

It's another case of a court not being able to restrain itself. The story doesn't give a reason for his ruling, it's hard to see how the judge can be right on either the merits or the law. By what right does he interfere with such a manifestly parental right? And why can't she just leave the thing on, to call from in case of an emergency?

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