Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Orvis was acquitted Tuesday of assaulting his 13-year-old son in a case that turned on how much force a parent can use to discipline a difficult teenager, according to My Edmonds News online news partner The Seattle Times.
The small Snohomish County District Court room in Everett erupted in cheers after the verdict was read, the Times reported. Family members who had sat through the two-day trial embraced the 41-year-old Orvis, a software engineer in his third term on the council, and his wife, Martha, a Lynnwood High School special-education teacher.
Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Jesse Corkern told jurors that Orvis had “crossed the line” when he grabbed his son by the hair and dragged him down a hall at the family’s Edmonds home after the boy refused to do his homework and repeatedly told his father to “shut up” in May, the Times reported. The boy wasn’t injured, but he ran away a week later and when he was found, he told police he was afraid of being hurt if he returned home, according to a police report.
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