Jury: Texas Dad Not Guilty of Theft After Taking Daughter's Cell Phone Away
— David Goins (@dgoins) January 26, 2016
A Texas jury found a father not guilty of theft after he confiscated his 12-year-old daughter's cell phone.
Ronald Jackson was charged with a Class B misdemeanor for taking his daughter's iPhone as punishment after finding inappropriate texts in September 2013.
Michelle Steppe, the child's mother, who does not have a relationship with Jackson, told the jury that she called the police one day after the phone was taken.
She said that she bought the device and paid for the phone plan, so Jackson had no right to take it.
After Jackson refused a plea deal in exchange for admitting to a Class C misdemeanor and returning the phone, the city attorney's office requested the case be refiled as a more serious Class B misdemeanor.
After a two-day trial, Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Lisa Green ordered the jury to find Jackson not guilty after ruling the state failed to present sufficient evidence to continue the case.
Jackson's attorney says he plans to file a federal complaint for civil rights violations for the way his client was treated by the police and the city attorney's office.
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