Update: Public Donates Over $100,000 To Help Diane Tran For Back-Lash On Idiot Judge! Judge Also Drops Bogus Charges After Catching Bad Publicity As Bully On Bench!
Diane Tran, an 11th-grade honor student at Willis High School near Houston, was sent to jail for 24 hours last Wednesday by Judge Lanny Moriarty and ordered to pay a $100 fine for excessive truancy.
But that little tid-bit from the story does not tell the real story. Young Diane has an older brother at Texas A&M and younger sister. Where are the parents? Well, they divorced and skipped town. Apparently mom and dad went in two different directions and left the kids behind.
So, why was Diane missing some school? First of all she is an honors student taking AP classes and duel enrollment classes. She also works one full-time job and one part-time job in order to provide for her siblings.
Now we get to discretion or lack of it displayed by the Judge. The girl ended up spending 24 hours in jail with accused murders, prostitutes, etc. and made to pay a fine. He wanted to make an example of her:
“If you let one run loose, what are you gonna do with the rest of ’em? Let them go too? A little stay in the jail for one night is not a death sentence.”
This Judge’s lack of discretion is frightening and he needs to spend some time in the pokey, perhaps removed from the bench. He had the chance to hold this young lady up as an example of overcoming remarkable hardships. But, he lacked the discretion. It makes you want to look at his other rulings, doesn’t it?
– Preston Scott
Addendum: The school, Willis High School in Houston, should have never ratted out the girl. Her brother graduated number 8 in his class; she wanted to do better. She is the type of student you brag about.
Addendum 2: You can help the girl here.