The Law Gives Up on Beatty Chadwick

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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4 Responses

  1. You have GOT to be freakin’ kidding me! I’d say more than a decade in jail is a pretty scary “sanction.” What does that SOB divorce lawyer want??!! There must be something about family law practice that messes with people’s heads. There’s a reason why so many new law students are sure they don’t want to do family law. What a shame.

  2. Ken Arromdee says:

    “But just because the judges of Delaware County gave up on compliance doesn’t mean that Chadwick has paid his debt to the courts, his ex-wife, or society at large. His conduct (as alleged) created a social harm which his ultimate freedom only made worse.”

    Putting in someone in jail to get them to pay a support order is only supposed to be used to get them to pay off the support order. It is not for the purpose of punishment or for paying a debt to society. Chadwick hasn’t been convicted of anything which actually indicates he owes society a debt.

  3. Gentry Woodhouse says:

    What I don’t understand is the metric which judges the “societal harm” which Beatty created (as alleged :) is greater than that of those who willfully take another’s human life, as evidenced by the fact that, as noted, he’s spent more time in jail than most convicted of homicide.

    And if we refuse the metric that contempt of the courts is worse than murder, then “his ultimate freedom” is actually the only just thing that the judge could do (rather than aggravating his “societal harm”).

  4. Ry says:

    This is a classic manifestation of what every lawyer knows: NEVER get in a pissing match with a judge. Ever.