Diane Tran is a seventeen year old high school student in the Houston area. She’s taking advanced courses and she’s an honor student. She also works two jobs because she’s supporting her two siblings. So she occasionally misses some days at school.
According to Texas law, the school district has to send students to juvenile court after a certain number of absences. But there’s no fixed policy on how the judges handles the case. They can give out whatever they think is appropriate.
And what did Judge Lanny Moriarity think was appropriate? Jail. He sent Tran to jail. Only for one night but he also fined her a hundred dollars. As Moriarity explained, “If you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?”
That’s right, Judge, this girl obviously needed to be taught a lesson in responsibility.
Turns out however, that some people thought it was the judge who needed a learning experience. Within a few days, the judge was handed a petition signed by a quarter million people that raised the important legal question of “What the fuck were you thinking?”
In light of this, Moriarity has reconsidered and has set aside his decision.