Man Gets Jail Time For Making Fun Of Little Girl With Cerebral Palsy


In Ohio a man has been sentenced to a month in jail for making fun of a little girl with cerebral palsy.

Yes, that’s right. Jail time.

I’ve argued for some time now that the “hate speech” and “bullying” movements in this country are going to take us to a place where merely offending other people is a crime. And that’s what we have here.

Is making fun of a little girl with a disability offensive? You betcha. Doing something like that makes you a major league, Olympic-class douche.

Should making fun of a little girl be a crime? No. We put ourselves on a slippery slope when we start criminalizing speech merely because it’s offensive.

Because where does that stop? Are we going to start putting everyone in jail who says something the public at large finds offensive?

This man being put in jail is a free speech travesty. Sadly, there are a lot of people who won’t see it that way.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Neiman

    I agree! We have no right not to be offended, even by this loathsome pig of a man. Jail time no, public shame for his odious behavior – yes.

  • Cameron

    Jail time, no. Law turning a blind eye while he gets his ass kicked? Yes.

  • $16179444

    Hell, I would serve a life sentence if they ever found out how much fun I make of Hanni.

  • The Fighting Czech

    really all the guy deserves is to be dragged out into the back room, and slapped around by some of the local citizens. its called peer pressure. We need more of it, and less political correctness.

    • banjo kid

      In my Grandfathers day they would throw a bundle of switches on the porch of a man who was abusing his family and if he kept on doing it they used the switches on him . Sounds like what should be done in this case but jail time? Next if we offend a politician we will go to jail, great! we are there right where Hitler had his people .

  • borborygmi

    “Stark County Sheriff’s deputies have been to both homes repeatedly.” Sounds like a delightful neighborhood. Rob is right on this one even the Fox crowd didn’t seem to be bothered by this threat to freedom of speech. I think Cameron has the right idea. The boys in the jail will ‘talk’ to Mr. Douche Bag and explain to him the errors of his way,..

  • Snarkie

    Ha ha! What a loser!

  • mikemc1970

    Welcome to Obama’s Amerika.

  • banjo kid

    Every one would be at risk over this . I hate it when someone is a horses butt , but it should not be a crime period . hate crimes give unequal protection under the law and is against our Constitution.

  • Game

    After reading a little more about this story, it was not just his making fun of the girl that got him thrown in jail. He has also been making threats against the family, something about holding up a chain and saying that he was going to coke the kids until they stop moving.

    That sort of changes my feelings on this. Teasing is one thing, and the teasing alone makes this guy a major league dirt bag. However, you cannot make threats like that against anybody, but especially children.

    The video is what made the case famous, and it was part of the story, but his actions on that day, alone, did not get this dude thrown in jail.

  • headward

    Most of what Reid and Pelosi say offends me. They also bullied me to get healthcare even if I don’t want it. Can we toss them in jail next?

  • SigFan

    If being a jackass warrants jail time just about every person in DC should be in the pokey. This guy is a dirtbag and deserves to be shunned and chastised for his actions, but jail time seems just a little too much like the USSR to me.

  • Davo

    He was charged with disorderly conduct, not for violating some “anti-bullying” statute.

    • Davo

      If you’re highlighting this story in an effort to get Disorderly Conduct statutes off the books, that’s fantastic–I’m behind that 100%! However, every single police officer in the country is going to have a problem with that.

  • awfulorv

    Oh shucks! And I was about to write a blurb about Minnesota football coach Kill and his attempt to influence the referees with his sideline flopping ploy…

  • Paula

    Hmmm, if you did any independent research outside of Fox news, you would have discovered that he was charged with fourth degree menacing against the girls mother. That is why he received jail time. “Yes, that’s right. Jail time.” He pleaded no contest and received 30 days. He was also charged with disorderly conduct stemming from the video and received NO jail time for that.

    • Michele Stenson

      Then the headlines of all of the news articles should read that way, not “man gets jail time for making fun of girl with cerebral palsy”.

      • Paula

        It is true about the headlines not telling the true story. When I read a headline that just doesn’t seem to make sense, I look further and find out the real truth. Unfortunately, in today’s world, the catchy headlines are what draws people in. Also, seems to me that news shows are for entertainment and no longer tell the news.

  • Paul

    You clearly did not read the entire story. He didn’t get the jail time for that. It was just the icing on the cake. He had been harrassing and physically threatening this girl’s mother and encouraging his son to bully the girl. THAT is why he got jail time.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    castrate the bastard with a potato peeler so he limps like that permanently