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Msmith
05-31-2012, 12:00 PM
After Tran's parents got divorced, supporting her older brother and younger sister fell to her. Her mother relocated out of state and her father often worked too late to come home, according to Mary Elliot, Diane Tran's boss at her weekend job.

After going to school from 7 a.m. 2 p.m., Tran worked full-time at a dry cleaner's. On weekends, she helped Elliot throw weddings. Tran said that some mornings it was just hard to get out of bed.

This story really brings tears to my eyes. A normal 17 years old would spend most time in social networking if not doing homework. But there is always some rare individual like Diane Tran outshines her peers. And then there is a block head judge like the Honorable Moriarty to make the US court system a laughing stock.

Link: http://gma.yahoo.com/community-comes-aid-jailed-texas-honor-student-063549542--abc-news-topstories.html

KCUnited
05-31-2012, 12:09 PM
Love how this kid stayed truant to herself and her family.

Setsuna
05-31-2012, 12:29 PM
Love how this kid stayed truant to herself and her family.

ZING! LMAO

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:33 PM
Uh, yeah...that judge is a piece of shit.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:33 PM
From the article and the video:


"If you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?" Judge Lanny Moriarty told ABC News affiliate KHOU (http://www.khou.com/home/Judge-dismisses-contempt-charges-against-truant-honor-student-Diane-Tran-155830795.html). "A little stay at the jail is not a death sentence," he said.

Setsuna
05-31-2012, 12:35 PM
From the article and the video:


"If you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?" Judge Lanny Moriarty told ABC News affiliate KHOU (http://www.khou.com/home/Judge-dismisses-contempt-charges-against-truant-honor-student-Diane-Tran-155830795.html). "A little stay at the jail is not a death sentence," he said.

Every judge in this country needs to be reevaluated and retained or kicked out. This is getting dumb. Let's get some young judges in here! Senile isn't any better!

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:37 PM
Every judge in this country needs to be reevaluated and retained or kicked out. This is getting dumb. Let's get some young judges in here! Senile isn't any better!

Something needs to happen to judges like this. He is serving in an elected position, isn't he? Hopefully this causes him to lose his job.

tooge
05-31-2012, 12:38 PM
Diane, how'd you like to make $100 bucks the hard way

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:39 PM
Diane, how'd you like to make $100 bucks the hard way

Seventeen years old.

Setsuna
05-31-2012, 12:40 PM
Something needs to happen to judges like this. He is serving in an elected position, isn't he? Hopefully this causes him to lose his job.

Yeah I know they all get elected, but damn...who pays attention to who they are voting for anymore? The process has become useless.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:41 PM
Seventeen years old.


I just checked. The age of consent in Texas and Missouri is 17. You're free to go. Pick up your belongings at the desk.

tooge
05-31-2012, 12:42 PM
Unfortunately, I'd have to pick up my belongings at my house too

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:43 PM
Yeah I know they all get elected, but damn...who pays attention to who they are voting for anymore? The process has become useless.

Well, this is one of the weaknesses of a republic vs. a democracy. We elect people to make decisions for us, so we don't have a lot of recourse until after a decision is made. I would imagine that a recall election is possible for a judge. I don't know.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:44 PM
Texas judges may be removed in one of four ways:

The state commission on judicial conduct (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/) investigates, and if warranted, prosecutes allegations of misconduct by Texas judges. Upon a commission recommendation of removal or retirement, the supreme court selects a review tribunal from among court of appeals judges to verify the findings and enter a judgment. Judges may appeal decisions of the review tribunal to the supreme court.



Judges may be removed by the governor on the address of two thirds of the house and senate.



Judges may be impeached by the house of representatives and removed by two thirds of the senate.



The supreme court may remove district court judges from office.

http://www.judicialselection.us/judicial_selection/methods/removal_of_judges.cfm?state=

Setsuna
05-31-2012, 12:46 PM
Texas judges may be removed in one of four ways:

The state commission on judicial conduct (http://www.scjc.state.tx.us/) investigates, and if warranted, prosecutes allegations of misconduct by Texas judges. Upon a commission recommendation of removal or retirement, the supreme court selects a review tribunal from among court of appeals judges to verify the findings and enter a judgment. Judges may appeal decisions of the review tribunal to the supreme court.



Judges may be removed by the governor on the address of two thirds of the house and senate.



Judges may be impeached by the house of representatives and removed by two thirds of the senate.



The supreme court may remove district court judges from office.

http://www.judicialselection.us/judicial_selection/methods/removal_of_judges.cfm?state=
Well the Senate nor House doesn't do shit anyway..might as well start removing these judges.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:46 PM
http://www.mctx.org/courts/justices_of_the_peace/justice_of_the_peace_pct_1/index.html

He is a Justice of the Peace for Montgomery, TX.

RockChalk
05-31-2012, 12:47 PM
This story really brings tears to my eyes.

Link: http://gma.yahoo.com/community-comes-aid-jailed-texas-honor-student-063549542--abc-news-topstories.html

Possibly a touch overboard, wouldn't ya say?

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:48 PM
Well the Senate nor House doesn't do shit anyway..might as well start removing these judges.

If a JotP is the same as a Judge, it would take a lot of public pressure to get this done.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:49 PM
Possibly a touch overboard, wouldn't ya say?

It doesn't bring tears to my eyes. It really pisses me off.

Msmith
05-31-2012, 12:50 PM
Possibly a touch overboard, wouldn't ya say?

Maybe. But with all those weird news like human eating zombies or wealthy ex-players going broke, this one actually brighten my life a bit.

mikey23545
05-31-2012, 12:52 PM
It doesn't bring tears to my eyes. It really pisses me off.

I would say this judge needs some tears brought to his eyes...

themanwithnoname
05-31-2012, 12:52 PM
I saw this before and something seems very off about the whole story, so I'm not sure what to say about it.

I'm baffled how sending her to jail is going to help her make it to school. Why are they sending her to jail and not the parent?

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:53 PM
I would say this judge needs some tears brought to his eyes...

If Ms. Tran is refusing to accept donations perhaps that money could go towards an impeachment campaign.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:55 PM
I saw this before and something seems very off about the whole story, so I'm not sure what to say about it.

I'm baffled how sending her to jail is going to help her make it to school. Why are they sending her to jail and not the parent?

Her mom bailed and her dad doesn't come home. She's on that cusp where she is still obligated to fulfill the duties of a child but can be punished like an adult. It's a fragile time in someone's life and this judge is fucking with her.

listopencil
05-31-2012, 12:58 PM
In a perfect world, ex-Judge Moriarity needs a suit cleaned for a job interview but doesn't get it in time because Ms. Tran stayed home to do her homework and get some sleep the night before.

RockChalk
05-31-2012, 12:58 PM
It doesn't bring tears to my eyes. It really pisses me off.

I'm not saying it's okay for the judge to do this. It's stupid. But it's exactly what our judicial system has come down to these days.

But it certainly doesn't make my eyes water or anything close.

mikey23545
05-31-2012, 12:58 PM
If Ms. Tran is refusing to accept donations perhaps that money could go towards an impeachment campaign.


Yep, for those who haven't read the story:


"We saw her trying to work and trying to go to school and trying to do all these things and then to have the judge put her in jail for missing school just seemed a little harsh," said Paul Dietzel, who helped raise the money for Diane Tran. HelpDianeTran.com is a project of the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance.

But Tran didn't want the money: "There's some other kid out there struggling more ... than me," she said.



Alright...now it's ok to cry...

listopencil
05-31-2012, 01:17 PM
http://www.helpdianetran.com/

WOW! We never imagined that we would reach our initial goal of $100,000 to help Diane so quickly. Thank you all for your support for Diane! This fund is now closed. You can click here (https://anedot.com/campaigns/c3fd1d266fd/donations/new) if you'd like to make a contribution directly to the Louisiana Children's Alliance and help them continue their fight for reform.

Diane Tran is an 11th grade honor student at Willis High School in Houston (TX), who was placed in jail after repeated truancy. She works a full time job plus a part-time job while taking advancement and dual credit college level courses in high school. The Texas Judge ordered the exhausted Ms. Tran to pay a $100 fine and spend 24 hours in jail as a lesson.


According to multiple news reports, she was warned that she was missing too many days of school. A judge in Texas actually put her in jail for truancy and is even trying to fine her.


About Us HelpDianeTran.com is a project of the Louisiana Children's Education Alliance (http://www.lcealliance.org/), a 501c3 organization. Website donated by Gatorworks (http://www.gatorworks.net). Online donations powered by Anedot (https://www.anedot.com). 100% of the money raised (less any credit card processing or transaction costs) will go into a trust account in Diane Tran's name. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact us via Facebook.com/HelpDianeTran (http://www.facebook.com/helpdianetran).

ReynardMuldrake
05-31-2012, 01:21 PM
Love how this kid stayed truant to herself and her family.

http://i.imgur.com/0sMvv.gif

MagicHef
05-31-2012, 04:06 PM
This is actually very close to where I live. I've heard that the judge is up for re-election soon, so hopefully he will be out of a job at that point. Then again, this is Texas, so who knows.

The part that stuns me is the actions of the parents. How can you just abandon your children like that?

Xanathol
05-31-2012, 04:19 PM
Can't the "he needed a killin'" defense still be used in Texas? Just sayin'...

Pasta Giant Meatball
05-31-2012, 04:19 PM
Judge sounds like a complete piece of shit.