Last week 12-year-old Frankie Hughes was arrested at the office of
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) when she refused to leave the premises during an
Hughes' mother, Renee Espeland, was standing outside Sen. Harkin's office as her daughter protested, the Des Moines Register reported
last week. The next day, officers from the Des Moines police department
returned and issued Espeland a misdemeanor ticket for "contributing to
the delinquency of a minor."
It was a move that alarmed at least
one legal expert. The police may have been "trying to put a scare into
the peace movement," said Drake University law professor Sally Frank.
is a difference between encouraging a child to break the law and
encouraging thought and care for other people," she told the Register.
"When you think of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, you
think of a parent allowing their children to get involved in drugs, not
a peaceful protest."
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