Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Other People's Kids

"In my view, a right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children is among the 'unalienable Rights' with which the Declaration of Independence proclaims 'all Men . . . are endowed by their Creator.'" -- Justice Antonin Scalia, Troxer v. Granville (dissenting)

But as this story in your Chicago Tribune indicates, there are limits to parents rights and sometimes the state simply must step in:
A daughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was arrested Monday night in Wheaton and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment, Wheaton Deputy Police Chief Thomas Meloni said.

Ann S. Banaszewski, 45, of Wheaton was stopped about 7:25 p.m. in a 1996 Ford Econoline van near Gamon Road and Longfellow Drive after a citizen reported a possible drunken driver was at the McDonald's restaurant near there, Meloni said.

Three of Banaszewski's "small children" were in the van with her at the time, leading to the child endangerment charge, Meloni said. He would not disclose their ages. Meloni would also not disclose details of her alleged intoxication, but said she submitted to a field sobriety test, though he could not disclose its outcome.

"Probable cause was established to arrest and charge the driver with DUI," Meloni said. Banaszewski was taken to the Wheaton Police Station, where she was released on her own recognizance, Meloni said.

A police officer dropped her children at a family friend's home, a "common practice" when someone is arrested with children, he said.
Let us all hope that Justice Scalia's child is treated with the justice tempered with mercy that he would deny the children of others.


grand old partisan said...

Well, since DUI and child endangerment are not capital offenses in Illinois (as premeditated murder was and is in Tennessee), I don't think Ms. Banaszewski has anything to worry about.

So-Called Austin Mayor said...


I believe you've proved a point, but I don't think it was the point you intended.

Thanks for reading.


Carl Nyberg said...

Doesn't it seem like less of the details are available than in normal police reports published in the newspaper?


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