Legality of Alcohol Law Questioned

Judges doubt the legality of a new law in Montana that punishes parents if their offspring are charged with an alcohol offence. Supreme Court observers believe that courts can’t legally punish parents who have done nothing wrong and are innocent of any crime.

Prosecutors say the law may prompt legal challenge and litigation.

The law resembles an edict passed by the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union during the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, which similarly held parents responsible for the delinquent acts of their children. That law was abolished long ago.


  • Montana. USA Today, 10-3-03.