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Child-Related Issues: October 2015 Archives

"Parental Privilege" Recognized As An Affirmative Defense In Child Spanking Case

In a decision handed down on June 25, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recognized a "parental privilege" to use reasonable physical force to discipline a minor child as an affirmative defense in a criminal action.  (See Com. v. Dorvil, 472 Mass. 1 (2015)).  

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