We don’t condone the dad’s behavior or even excuse it. But, in our view, the judge went too far.
Cooley & Handy Blog Editor’s Note: The appeal technically involves the judges’ first order, which prohibited father from using profanities or other “inappropriate language” in front of the child. Father is claiming that order cannot be enforced because it is an overly broad prior restraint on free speech that clearly encompasses constitutionally-protected speech. The appeal was also taken to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the case involves father’s daughter, not his son.
(This editorial appeared in the May 1, 2009 edition of the Bucks County Courier Times.)