A divided Hawaii Supreme Court has ruled that a man convicted of punching his stepson should have been allowed to raise parental discipline as a defense.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday the 3-2 decision set aside the assault conviction, allowing for Cedric Kikuta to be retried because the trial judge refused to allow jurors to consider the defense that he was disciplining the 14-year-old boy.
The trial judge had rejected the defense because the boy suffered substantial bodily injury.
The boy suffered a broken nose in the 2007 altercation over the father wanting the boy to clean a carpet stain.
Hawaii courts have been split over the extent parents can use force to discipline their children.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com