This is very weird. It almost sounds that the judge got together with the parents first, and gave the sentence trying to help the parents control the
teen. What this judge is trying to do is legislate morality. I'm sorry, you can't legislate morality.
Morality has to be learned and inbread in a person over time. Then the morality will be deep within a person and automatically come to the surface
like a habit when the time is right. You can't tell someone not to do something for a short time, and expect that to change their habbits. If that
worked, then all the people coming out of prison would be changed.
What is interesting to me is that the reporters felt a need to include:
Lawyers are also subject to her rulings. Blake has the told female attorneys not wear sleeveless shirts or show cleavage in her courtroom.
This has nothing to do with the judge's rulings. This is just a dress code that any employer can enforce. The reporters made it to look like this
dress code was draconian also.
It brings up the interesting question of why they are slamming this judge in every way possible, and what they left out of their news article. Is she
just trying to legislate morality, or is there a plausable reason the judge gave these types of rulings? Did this young woman already have children
which put a strain on her, her parents, the school, and welfare systems she may be getting aid from? Is she pregnant currently, and continued sex
would put her and her child in danger somehow? Is the partners she is choosing threatening her parents, or other kids in the school she is friends
with? Was this young girl a part of a gang who is also into drugs? If she was, continued relations with gang members and/or anyone in a drug culture
would only ensure her return to that culture.
What type of people is this judge dealing with? What is this town actually like?
She has also prohibited tattoos, body piercings, earrings and clothing "associated with the drug culture" for those on probation.
It almost sounds like this judge is not so much trying to legislate morality, but trying to attack a culture that the people on probation may see as
impossible to get out of whether they want to or not. Could it be possible that this might be the only way for those on probation to see that they can
escape from this culture if they want to?
Is this "drug cluture" the media is calling actually gangs of teens and young adults that cause havoc where every they go? If this is so, it is
practically impossible to leave a gang. A person could get seriously hurt or killed trying to leave one once they joined. Could it be possible for the
people on probatiion and who want to, to be able to escape their old lives if they don't associate with it while on probation? Could the unorthodox
rulings be called for in certain situations? There have been many positive changes in history because people did something unorthodox.
Or is this judge just legislating morality, and treading on individual rights that the constitution and the bill or Rights afford us.
[edit on 1-10-2005 by Mystery_Lady]