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Wash. dad charged with branding kids is acquitted

Posted by on May. 14, 2010 at 1:27 AM
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Wash. dad charged with branding kids is acquitted

updated 7:15 p.m. PT, Thurs., May 13, 2010

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - A man in Washington state who branded his children like cattle has been acquitted of second-degree assault charges.

A jury in Port Angeles deadlocked Thursday on two lesser charges of fourth-degree assault, and a judge declared a mistrial on those counts.

The two teenage sons of 39-year-old Mark J. Seamands testified that they had wanted to be branded.

The Sequim (SKWIM') man was branded himself. He testified he wanted to bring the family closer together while he was going through a divorce. Seamands' ex-wife said she was horrified when she saw the scars.

Seamands' 18-year-old daughter also was branded, but the dad wasn't charged with assaulting her because she was old enough to give consent.

The children were branded with the letters "SK," which stands for "Seamands' kids."

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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norwegianwood
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2010 at 4:55 AM

 

A mistrial is NOT acquitted...and more to the point, the journalist is stating a 'finding of fact' that the court decidedly did not find.....as of yet, since the trial was a 'mis' trial....so, a 'finding of fact' such as 'who branded his kids' seems a bit out of the realm of the facts. The jury arguably did not find that, as they didn't 'find' anything in a 'mistrial'...
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updated 7:15 p.m. PT, Thurs., May 13, 2010

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - A man in Washington state who branded his children like cattle has been acquitted of second-degree assault charges.

A jury in Port Angeles deadlocked Thursday on two lesser charges of fourth-degree assault, and a judge declared a mistrial on those counts.


kara_thrace
by on May. 14, 2010 at 5:32 AM

Im not sure where the law was broke in this situation.  If the teenage boys consented to (maybe they cant in that state) then why is dad being charged with anything.  Even big sis got a branding.  I dont see why this guy should be in trouble.  In some states you just have to have your parents consent to get a body altercation and thats exactly what branding is.

norwegianwood
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2010 at 5:42 AM

 yeah. I think I agree with that. If this wasn't a case of divorced parents, it likely wouldn't even be a case at all. And I cannot abide how the courts perpetuate this using the kids as pawns by the parents..

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Quoting kara_thrace:

Im not sure where the law was broke in this situation.  If the teenage boys consented to (maybe they cant in that state) then why is dad being charged with anything.  Even big sis got a branding.  I dont see why this guy should be in trouble.  In some states you just have to have your parents consent to get a body altercation and thats exactly what branding is.

 

stormcris
by Christy on May. 14, 2010 at 7:01 AM

 They found him not guilty of second degree assault, that is aquitted on that charge.

Quoting norwegianwood:

 

A mistrial is NOT acquitted...and more to the point, the journalist is stating a 'finding of fact' that the court decidedly did not find.....as of yet, since the trial was a 'mis' trial....so, a 'finding of fact' such as 'who branded his kids' seems a bit out of the realm of the facts. The jury arguably did not find that, as they didn't 'find' anything in a 'mistrial'...
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updated 7:15 p.m. PT, Thurs., May 13, 2010

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - A man in Washington state who branded his children like cattle has been acquitted of second-degree assault charges.

A jury in Port Angeles deadlocked Thursday on two lesser charges of fourth-degree assault, and a judge declared a mistrial on those counts.


 

LokisMama
by Bronze Member on May. 14, 2010 at 7:48 AM

If a teenager under 18 can get a tattoo or piercing with parental consent, why is this such an issue.  I bet it would have been less of an issue if they went to someone who does scarification and branding professionally.

norwegianwood
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

 Okay, but there are OTHER charges relating to the SAME offense, right?  

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Quoting stormcris:

 They found him not guilty of second degree assault, that is aquitted on that charge.

Quoting norwegianwood:

 

A mistrial is NOT acquitted...and more to the point, the journalist is stating a 'finding of fact' that the court decidedly did not find.....as of yet, since the trial was a 'mis' trial....so, a 'finding of fact' such as 'who branded his kids' seems a bit out of the realm of the facts. The jury arguably did not find that, as they didn't 'find' anything in a 'mistrial'...
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updated 7:15 p.m. PT, Thurs., May 13, 2010

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - A man in Washington state who branded his children like cattle has been acquitted of second-degree assault charges.

A jury in Port Angeles deadlocked Thursday on two lesser charges of fourth-degree assault, and a judge declared a mistrial on those counts.


 

 

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