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Lawyer Receives Light Sentence After Repeatedly Trying to Drug Wife to Induce Abortion

Houston attorney Mason Herring receives a mere 180-day sentence after admitting to secretly drugging his wife's drinks to induce an abortion.

In a case that grips at the very fabric of our moral and ethical consciousness, the story of Mason Herring, a Houston attorney, unfolds like a dark, twisted novel, yet tragically, it’s all too real. This man, sworn to uphold the law, engaged in a nefarious plot against his own unborn child, employing tactics so vile they’re difficult to comprehend. His weapon of choice? Abortion-inducing drugs, stealthily administered to his wife, Catherine, in a bid to end the life of their third child, not once, but seven times.

This saga began under the shadow of a marital breakdown, catalyzed by Herring’s infidelity and a consequent desire for separation by Catherine. The revelation of Catherine’s pregnancy only added fuel to the fire, inciting Herring to embark on a chilling crusade to avoid the responsibilities of fatherhood and the public repercussions of his actions. The clarity of his intentions was chillingly articulated in a text message, bemoaning the pregnancy as a ruination of his plans and a smirch on his image.

Catherine’s ordeal is heart-wrenching. Her recount of the initial poisoning attempt, under the guise of concern for her hydration, marks the beginning of a series of assaults on her and their unborn child. The subsequent attempts, involving drinks laced with misoprostol, reveal a premeditated effort to induce abortion, a crime against both mother and child that is as cowardly as it is heinous.

The consequences of Herring’s actions are profound. The couple’s daughter, born 10 weeks premature and weighing just over three pounds, faces a life marked by developmental delays, requiring therapy sessions eight times a week. This innocent life will forever bear the scars of her father’s betrayal.

The judicial outcome of this case leaves much to be desired. A plea bargain resulting in a mere 180 days in jail and 10 years probation for Herring is a mockery of justice. It’s a sentence that fails to proportionately address the gravity of his actions, the repeated attempts on the life of his own child, and the assault on his pregnant wife. Catherine’s outcry against this sentence echoes the sentiments of anyone with a shred of decency: “I do not believe that 180 days is justice for attempting to kill your child seven separate times.”

This case is a stark reminder of the darkness that can reside in the human heart, the devastating impact of betrayal within a family, and the inadequacies of our legal system in delivering justice for the most vulnerable. It underscores the urgent need for a societal reckoning with the sanctity of life and the protection of the unborn. As we reflect on this tragic narrative, let us renew our commitment to advocating for life, supporting those in vulnerable situations, and demanding a justice system that truly serves the cause of justice, especially for the smallest among us.