Thursday, October 1st, 2009
What’s worse… Tattoo or Circumcision?
There’s a father in California up against an “aggravated mayhem” charge that carries a potential life sentence (his hearing it tomorrow) for having a gang tattoo applied to his 7-year-old son’s waistline. Crucial to a mayhem charge is a finding that permanent disfigurment has taken place.
As you can see by the photo, the gang in question is the notorious Panda Bear Posse.
Okay, so we know a tattoo isn’t permanent. It can be removed or covered over with a new tattoo. And let’s not forget that tattooing a minor in California is normally a misdemeanor. The whole thing is inflated because of the gang angle.
But… I found the public defender’s legal maneuvers quite amusing… he asked, “Which is more painful, circumcision or a tattoo?” And he raised baby ear piercings as another act that doesn’t land parents in jail.