June 5, 2015

Stepmother not liable in Cinderella civil suit

Story and photo by Leslie Ozawa
Public Affairs Office
Stepmother, played by Deputy Staff Judge Advocate Maj. Carol Brewer, cheers a favorable verdict.

At Fort Irwin’s Law Day on May 1, Fort Irwin Middle School 5th graders gathered in their school gym to participate and watch a mock civil trial, Cinderella v. Evil Stepmother, staged by Fort Irwin’s Staff Judge Advocate Office.

Could Cinderella, newly married to Prince Charming, sue her stepmother for back wages for chores she did while living in her house with her two stepsisters?

The verdict was unanimous. The jury found for the defendant, Stepmother, played by Deputy Staff Judge Advocate Maj. Carol Brewer. The jury of 12 FIMS students decided that each member of a household has a responsibility to perform chores and is not entitled to be paid for chores performed.

“We used this story to show the importance of law in society, and how just decisions are reached in a dispute,” said Maj. Jerrod Fussnecker, chief of justice at the Fort Irwin Staff Judge Advocate office.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


Army photograph

Budget flexibility, Congress’ support can help Army modernize

Army photograph Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with U.S. Army Soldiers in the field. Esper spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., March 12, 2018, for a public discussion ...
Army photograph by Spec. Andrew McNeil

Lighter, faster, smaller equipment needed for Soldiers to win, says Gen. Townsend

Army photograph by Spec. Andrew McNeil U.S. Soldiers assigned to Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, move from one position to another while pulling security during Command Post Exercise Weasel near the Bemowo ...
Army photograph by Sean Kimmons

Army developing system to allow Soldiers to see buried bombs for route clearance

The Army is developing technology that visually alerts Soldiers to hidden explosives in the ground rather than just providing them an audible notification during use of mine detector equipment. Called real-time spatial location...