A Texas justice of the peace will find himself in another judge's courtroom this morning, likely grateful that one -- unlike his own -- contains no wooden paddles. Gustavo Garza is being sued by the parents of a 15-year-old girl whose stepfather was given the choice of paying a $500 fine or paddling the girl in open court for skipping school. The family wants damages and a temporary injunction against Garza and for the court to tell Garza he lacks the authority to offer corporal punishment as an option.
Judge Sued for Offering Paddling in Courtroom
The Associated Press
June 6, 2008