Proposed Pit Bull Ban in Texas - Penalty a Third-Degree Felony?
By Tim Morgan
Jan 25, 2011
A pit bull ban has been proposed in Texas and the proposed named for the possible new law in the Lone Star State is "Justin's Law," after Justin Clinton, a 10-year-old boy from Texas, who was mauled to death in 2009 by two pit bulls.
His family is making the proposal 'to protect children' and they want tough punishment, proposing making owning the breed a third-degree felony.
In Texas that means:
(a) An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than 2 years.
(b) In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
The proposed legislation was written by Cynthia Kent, the family's attorney.
The family recently won a $7 million judgement against the owners of the pit bull that killed their son.
MSNBC has more details and notes that the proposal does not yet have any sponsors in the state Legislature.
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