The old man was out of line ... way out of line.
I would acquit the son, and the father ought to be charged with something. I
don't know the law well enough to say exactly which law should be used; but
he violated his son in a devastating and humiliating manner. The son ought to
be free and clear, and the father should do some time. The wife? Hard to
say, without being there. Was she flirty with the father? Did she lead him
on? Or, was she just kind of a passive actor in the situation?
what a sick society we live in today
The father will be charged by God. There is no penalty for a father having
consensual sex with the son's wife. That practice was eliminated (or
supposed to have been) a long time ago. The son though reasonably distraught,
should be tried on the assault of a police officer. If the son had been
investigating the incident of another police officer's assault that was the
result of similar conditions he would have wanted that the "victim"
maintain decor in the face of the law.As for the young woman having sex with her
father in law her peers should take care of her.
Sorry, jlglex, but we can't charge, convict and send people to jail just
because they did something we think was wrong. Not everything immoral is also
illegal. Unless he forced the woman, no laws were broken. Why assume the
father was guilty and the wife was innocent? As you point out, it's hard
to say without being there. The stupidity both of them demonstrated has already
permanently messed up both of their lives and the lives of their families. Why
do we need to mess them up any more?
Well, I know a little more about the law and understand that the son will not be
acquitted of anything. If the father was raping the son’s wife when he
walked in on them, then he would have justifiable cause in defending her. The
article implies, though, that the wife was complicit in the tryst and did not
resist. While the son had every right to be angry and indignant, he
had no legal position to assault either his father or his wife. And then to
follow him to the hospital to “finish the job” is totally over the
top as he assaulted an officer in the process. Unfortunate as it may be, the
most the father could be charged with is adultery. It is a violation of the law
but is so common it is hardly enforced anymore.In this case,
everybody loses – the son, his wife and father, the children and the
families on all sides of the situation and the community where they lived and
This is so sad, especially for the children.
What is happening to the children now? Is there some way they can be removed
from this pathologically dysfunctional family? Perhaps there is nothing by way
of legally convicting the mother for her adultery, but all three of the crazy
adults in this case (father, mother and grandfather) should be prevented from
ever having contact with any of the children again.
Sometimes I think the Ol' West ways are the best ways. Frustrating as it is, how can one even trust the LE agency when the father was
a part of the city government as fire chief and the son was deputy for a long
time? Which side are the other officers going to take? And the wife
sure has some explaining to do...
Primal Scream-Mode (ON):A L C O H O L !!!!!!!!!!(OFF)My sympathies to every person in this family and community (WE LOVE YOU,
MOAB!!) who are affected by this tragedy. What a horrible, horrible mess!!Every person involved in this situation made multiple mistakes, that all
came together in the Perfect Storm of this tragedy.We pray for them
all to heal quickly, to forgive, and for this family and community to come out
of this all the stronger.