PRL Blog 614.2 9- Op-ed exercise

Hello All!

This week in advanced writing we discussed “Op-ed’s” or opposite the editorial page (not to be mistaken with opinion editorial). Our task was to try and write our own op-ed’s on any topic we think is pressing.

I have chosen to discuss a story revealed about a week ago, Judge William Adams in Texas. A video was posted by his daughter on October 27th, showing him beating, his then 16 year old, daughter with belt repeatedly.

Personal Injury Limitation too Short?

by: Sofia Kathryn Coon

In 2004, 16 year old, Hillary Adams was beaten by her father for having downloaded pirated content on the internet. Unbeknownst to her father, she had set up a camera that would catch on the action on tape. Hillary has recalled multiple events where her father’s belt became her “discipline”. Now, 7 years later, Hillary has posted this video on Youtube for all to see and reveal what kind of person her father truly is. (video- discretion advised). Unfortunately, her father is Judge William Adams, a well known family court judge in the state of Texas. Since the video has been released, the video received over 4 million hits and multiple Facebook pages have been created for Hillary Adams. However, on November 4th, 2011, it was announced that no charges would be brought against the Judge Adams because the statute of limitation for personal injury cases had passed for the state of Texas. “Police said too much time had passed to press state charges against Texas judge William Adams”. According to Law.com, statute of Limitation can be defined as, “a law which sets the maximum period which one can wait before filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of case or claim.”

The Texas state website claims that personal injury and harassment cases have a two-year limitation period to be brought front of a judge. Clearly Hillary missed the opportunity to have her father prosecuted for anything.

This statute should be extended for those who need the emotional recovery time to decide whether it is worth bringing their case public. Hillary decided not to post the video until now because, “she feared it would incite more violence. So many people are telling me I did the right thing. He’s supposed to be a judge who exercises fit judgment.” Clearly, it took Hillary, who suffers from cerebral palsy, time to understand that what was happening was incorrect and needed to be fixed. It is because of these limitations that many negative events are never punished.”Under Texas law, and the penal code, parents have a right to discipline children. You know what is discipline and what is abuse. That has to be determined as some point.” Hillary Adams will never have this opportunity. By working to extend these limitations, more criminals will be able to be punished for their wrong doings. I, myself, would never want to be in this situation, and would want justice for something as severe as this.

More and more cases are cropping up around the United States in which clients, years later, have the “correct state of mind” to decide whether a case needs to be made public. Much debate about the non consistency between states is beginning to be discussed. Contact your local senate office for details and how you can help change this.

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I feel writing in this way is a challenge for me. Writing press releases and pitches is so different to me. I suppose the issue one chooses to discuss would play a role  in how strongly the practitioner writes about the topic.

I hope that this can be considered a strong example. Any feedback received, I will post as comments so those who read this can discover how to improve upon op-ed’s in the future.

Thanks for reading!

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*Update 11/9*

I got feedback from my professor on how my op-ed could be tweaked to be stronger. This is the drafted result. Credits, videos and such available above.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations too Short?

by: Sofia Kathryn Coon

In 2004, 16 year old, Hillary Adams was beaten by her father for having downloaded pirated content on the Internet. Unbeknownst to her father, she had set up a camera that would catch on the action on tape. Now,  seven years later, Hillary has posted the video on Youtube for all to see and to reveal what kind of person her father truly is. She has since recalled multiple events where her father’s belt became her “discipline.”

Since the video was released, it has received more than 4 million hits; multiple Facebook pages have been created in support of Hillary Adams.

Unfortunately, her father is Judge William Adams, a well-known family court judge in the state of Texas.  However, on November 4th, 2011, it was announced that no charges would be brought against the Judge Adams because the statute of limitation for personal injury cases had expired.

“Police said too much time had passed to press state charges against Texas judge William Adams,” said XX. According to Law.com, statute of Limitation can be defined as, “a law which sets the maximum period which one can wait before filing a lawsuit, depending on the type of case or claim.”

In Texas, personal injury and harassment cases have a two-year limitation period to be brought front of a judge. While Hillary clearly missed the opportunity to have her father prosecuted for physical abuse, this points to a larger inconsistency in the Texas judicial  system.

This statute should be extended for those who need the emotional recovery time to decide whether it is worth bringing their case public. Hillary decided not to post the video until now because, “she feared it would incite more violence. So many people are telling me I did the right thing. He’s supposed to be a judge who exercises fit judgment.”

Hillary, who suffers from cerebral palsy, needed time to understand that her father’s abuse was incorrect and needed to be fixed. In fact, as with Hillary’s case, expired limitations cause many negative events to go unpunished.

”Under Texas law, and the penal code, parents have a right to discipline children. You know what is discipline and what is abuse. That has to be determined as some point,” says XX?

Sadly, Hillary Adams will never have this opportunity. By working to extend the statute of limitations for personal injury, more criminals will be brought to justice for their wrong doings. Increasingly, more cases are cropping up around the United States in which clients, years later, have the “correct state of mind” to decide whether a case needs to be made public. Much debate about the inconsistency between states is beginning to be discussed. Contact your local senate office for details and how you can help people like Hillary get the justice they need and deserve.

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