Seventeen year old Diane Tran, who appears not to need to attend classes to keep her grades up, was sentenced to jail and fined for repeated truancy, by Montgomery Republican judge Lanny Moriarity. She is said to be working two jobs, and helping to support siblings, after her parents divorced suddenly and apparently bailed out on the kids.
Likely no one knows the whole story of this family.
Lanny Moriarity ran in 2010 unopposed in his district in Montgomery County. Yes he is a Republican. The Teaparty could send a primary challenger to make his life interesting in the next election cycle.
Moriarity is, at best, a lazy judge. He apparently encountered Diane Tran’s case more than once (a prior warning is mentioned) and did not investigate the cause of her truancy for 2 minutes. Much more time had to have been spent on the paperwork than consideration of the case.
This kind of use of the legal system leads very motivated and talented young people to develop disrespect and hatred of authority and government.