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Texas honor student thrown in jail for missing school: 11th-grader working two jobs...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 26, 2012

Posted on 05/28/2012 6:05:44 PM PDT by AndyJackson

A 17-year-old high school student working two jobs to support her siblings, while juggling college-level classes, spent 24 hours in jail this week for missing too much school, KHOU 11 News reported.

Diane Tran, an 11th-grader at Willis High School in Willis, Texas said she was often too exhausted to get to school in time.

Judge Lanny Moriarty said he warned the student last month not to miss any more classes or she would be violating truancy law, KHOU 11 News reported. When she missed school again, he had her thrown in jail.

"If you let one run loose, what are you gonna do with the rest of 'em? Let them go too?" Judge Moriarty asked the TV station.

Tran said her parents divorced unexpectedly and left town, leaving it up to her to support her younger sister, who lives with relatives, and her brother's university education, KHOU 11 News reported.

Tran works full-time at a dry cleaner and weekends at Waverly Manor wedding venue, where she lives with the family that owns the business.

At school she takes several advanced placement and college-level courses, often staying up all night, a classmate, coworker and friend of Tran's told the TV station.

Judge Moriarty admitted he was using Tran as an example. Willis High School has a warning about truancy violation on its website .

According to Texas truancy law students can have no more than 10 unexcused absences - full days or part days - within six months, and no more than three absences within one month.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: honorstudent; houston; learning; schools; teaching; texasstudent; truancy; zerotolerance
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1 posted on 05/28/2012 6:05:57 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

Rotten bastard.


2 posted on 05/28/2012 6:07:56 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: AndyJackson

Thank God this dangerous criminal was taken off the street. /s


3 posted on 05/28/2012 6:08:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AndyJackson

If what I read is true the Judge is a complete Jacka$$!


4 posted on 05/28/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: AndyJackson
Diane Tran Petition Reaches 20,000 Signatures

The clamors for Judge Lanny Moriarty in the State of Texas to lift its decision for Diane Tran have been building with recent update on the petition at Change.org reaching 20,000 signatures as of May 28, 2012.

Plus there are donations to her for $30,000

5 posted on 05/28/2012 6:10:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: AndyJackson

“”Judge Moriarty admitted he was using Tran as an example.””

An example of what, people that can take care of themselves without relying on the government?


6 posted on 05/28/2012 6:11:16 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: AndyJackson

Gotta use a Vietnamese girl as an example to educate all the thugs.

My principal (who is black) admitted to skipping loads of school while maintaining a 4.0 GPA because he had to support his mom and siblings in the 80’s. He now has a GPA and can’t kick kids out of school because the districts “AYP” would go down.


7 posted on 05/28/2012 6:17:17 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: AndyJackson
If she was dealing drugs or whoring than the Judge would have let her go. Due to poor parenting.

Ed

8 posted on 05/28/2012 6:17:39 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: AndyJackson
This story is all over:

Gawker:Judge Throws Sibling-Supporting Honor Student in Jail for Missing School, Says He Didn’t Want to Appear ‘Soft’

ABC News: Texas Honor Student With Two Jobs Jailed for Missing Too Much School

Dare I mention it, even, DU

Hopelessly Partisan: AN IDIOT JUDGE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH


9 posted on 05/28/2012 6:18:32 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
This story is all over:

Gawker:Judge Throws Sibling-Supporting Honor Student in Jail for Missing School, Says He Didn’t Want to Appear ‘Soft’

ABC News: Texas Honor Student With Two Jobs Jailed for Missing Too Much School

Dare I mention it, even, DU

Hopelessly Partisan: AN IDIOT JUDGE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH


10 posted on 05/28/2012 6:19:38 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
This story is all over:

Gawker:Judge Throws Sibling-Supporting Honor Student in Jail for Missing School, Says He Didn’t Want to Appear ‘Soft’

ABC News: Texas Honor Student With Two Jobs Jailed for Missing Too Much School

Dare I mention it, even, DU

Hopelessly Partisan: AN IDIOT JUDGE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE BENCH


11 posted on 05/28/2012 6:19:38 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
The judge's website is here:

http://www.mctx.org/courts/justices_of_the_peace/justice_of_the_peace_pct_1/index.html

12 posted on 05/28/2012 6:22:27 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

I was sick a lot when I was a junior in HS. I was taking an advanced math class.... I don’t remember much about it but it involved calculus and trig. I did better the quarter I was at home then any other time during the year. The teacher scared me to death but I understood the book. In physics I got Cs on all the lab work but got 100% on all the standardized tests. 25 years later my son did the same.


13 posted on 05/28/2012 6:26:23 PM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: SkyDancer
I have several competing theories:

1. The Judge has no understanding of American history. We used to honor folks who worked while studying to improve themselves.

2. The Judge is trying to protect the interests of the [welfare] state by ensuring that no get's ahead who is not part of the system.

3. The Judge is trying to protect the interests of the [welfare] state by ensuring that no get's ahead. [No child can be left behind if the bus never leaves the station.]

4. The Judge has no understanding of traditional American values like working hard and studying to improve yourself.

5. The Judge has no understanding of why people try to come to America - like the opportunity to work hard and study to improve yourself.

6. The Judge has no idea how to apply common sense to decisions from the bench.

7. The Judge has no common sense.

8. The learned Judge is an unschooled idiot.

14 posted on 05/28/2012 6:27:13 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

This judge is hiding. He doesn’t even have voicemail. I hope his political opponent takes notice and campaigns heavily against him.


15 posted on 05/28/2012 6:28:55 PM PDT by Kevmo (SUCINOFRAGOPWIASS: Shut Up, CINOs; Free Republic Aint a GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: AndyJackson

This is not just the JOP’s fault. Where was the principal? Did she or any of the faculty even try to learn about this young woman or lift a finger to defend her? I’ll bet that if the young woman were a crack whore, the school councillor would have fallen over herself to help.


16 posted on 05/28/2012 6:30:05 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: struggle
Gotta use a Vietnamese girl as an example

Imagine trying to cope all on your own without benefitting from the wisdom of a social worker (whose job it is to keep people like this in the system.)

17 posted on 05/28/2012 6:32:20 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

Also,the JOP could be trying to make sure that she does not outshine some muckety-muck’s kid.


18 posted on 05/28/2012 6:32:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: AndyJackson
Judge Moriarty admitted he was using Tran as an example.

Let's hope Judge Moriarty is used as an example instead.

Also, who says there are no jobs for teens????

19 posted on 05/28/2012 6:34:01 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Army Air Corps
the JOP could be trying to make sure that she does not outshine some muckety-muck’s kid.

Sounds like she is outshining all of our kids.

20 posted on 05/28/2012 6:35:58 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

...leaving it up to her to support her younger sister, who lives with relatives, and her brother’s university education....

&&&
Something seems to be missing from the reporting of the story. She’s putting her brother through college? Huh? How much money does she have to give the relatives to take care of the sister?


21 posted on 05/28/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: AndyJackson

She is succeeding without “help” of the gooberment. That kind of self sufficiency is dangerous to statists.


22 posted on 05/28/2012 6:39:40 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

I think the really sick thing is fining this girl $100. What kind of a cruel sick mind decided that! What problem did he think that was going to solve? Does this smug bustard have any idea how hard this girl had to work for that $100 (after taxes)? Now that she is short the $100 who was going to pay to feed and clothe her sister?


23 posted on 05/28/2012 6:42:24 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
Tran said her parents divorced unexpectedly and left town, leaving it up to her to support her younger sister, who lives with relatives, and her brother's university education

Throw the PARENTS in jail.

24 posted on 05/28/2012 6:43:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: AndyJackson

I think this will be the most ridiculed and humiliated justice in recent times. It’s gone viral.


25 posted on 05/28/2012 6:44:02 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Army Air Corps
That kind of self sufficiency is dangerous to statists

If some little Vietnamese girl can make it without government help, then why can't a well-healed stable of ivy-league graduates working at one of the larger IB on wall street? I know. I don't understand anything about "high finance [emphasis on high]." We can all see where this sort of thing leads, and it is nowhere good.

26 posted on 05/28/2012 6:46:16 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

Judge is a friggin moron.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 6:47:55 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: AndyJackson

He doesn’t give a rat’s rear end.


28 posted on 05/28/2012 6:47:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: AndyJackson
The Judge in Diane's case said he was making an example of her with this severe punishment.

Way to go, tough guy! By laying down the law against a 17-year-old girl struggling to make ends meet, you're showing the criminals who's boss.

29 posted on 05/28/2012 6:49:41 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Throw the PARENTS in jail.

Garnish their wages. We have too many people in jail already.

30 posted on 05/28/2012 6:49:45 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Vendome

Again, the Justice of the Peace is only part of this problem. Where were the principal, school councillor, and her teachers? Did they even TRY to discover why this young woman had attendance problems? Did they do a damned thing to help?


31 posted on 05/28/2012 6:53:20 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: AndyJackson

This case shows how voters need to be made aware of what’s at stake in down-ballot offices such as judgeships.


32 posted on 05/28/2012 6:53:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: struggle

I had the same situation as your principal when I was in school in the late ‘60s.

Of course the schools didn’t depend on funding then based on attendance like they do now.

I find it appalling that they are doing this to this young lady. She’s alot tougher and more self-motivated than some of the adults I know.


33 posted on 05/28/2012 6:56:23 PM PDT by berdie
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To: AndyJackson
Apparently Tran needs advice more than anything else.

Texas law allows 17 year olds to quit school if they so wish. She undoubtedly could pass the GED while asleep, and It would leave the judge powerless.

This jail disruption will cause as much damage as a GED.

Interestingly, there are private schools that include real world work at the high school senior level.

Maybe she will pursue a career in law specializing in oversight of judges and lawyers.

34 posted on 05/28/2012 6:59:53 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: SkyDancer
It’s gone viral

I hope this is the nuclear deterrent against the modern idiot bureaucrat, the notion that if you do something really dumb, really boneheaded, it will go viral and your life will be a shambles thereafter. If fear of punishment in the next life won't deter them, maybe making their lives hell on earth will.

35 posted on 05/28/2012 7:02:39 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
I have several competing theories:

Bless your heart, you missed the real one:

9) Deliberate judicial savagery to crush the will of the people through horror and despair.

See "TSA" and "cop dog shootings" for more on this subject.

36 posted on 05/28/2012 7:09:46 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

While we are philosophizing, I’ll have a double, thanks. I especially need it to kill the pain from beating my head against the table trying to answer how I missed something so obvious.


37 posted on 05/28/2012 7:13:10 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Talisker

Knowing the exact point d’appui is a science, shooting a dog lover’s dog, fining a girl who works herself to the bone to support her family a $100.


38 posted on 05/28/2012 7:16:41 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: mongo141

I know Lanny Moriarty PERSONALLY, and he is not a jackass!
There is most likely much more to this story, and I will find out. I sure wont believe ANY news station out of Houston!


39 posted on 05/28/2012 7:26:15 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861 (Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Again, the Justice of the Peace is only part of this problem. Where were the principal, school councillor, and her teachers? Did they even TRY to discover why this young woman had attendance problems? Did they do a damned thing to help?
America has a lot of problems. A lot of big problems. But right up there near the top is this one: a bloated army of overpaid, overpensioned, overindulged, underworked, under-achieving, incompetent public employees.

We need a massive purge of the public employment rolls. At all levels.

40 posted on 05/28/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT by samtheman (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888480/posts?page=2#2)
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To: AndyJackson

Lanny Moriarty, I so very much want to put my boot up your ass. It’d be worth the trip to Texas just for that reason alone.

I see tar, feathers, and a fence rail in your future.


41 posted on 05/28/2012 7:33:20 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: mongo141

I know Lanny Moriarty PERSONALLY, and he is not a jackass!
There is most likely much more to this story, and I will find out. I sure wont believe ANY news station out of Houston!


42 posted on 05/28/2012 7:33:47 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861 (Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy.)
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To: Edward Teach

I know Lanny, and I would sure like to see you try!
This is a matter for the voters of Montgomery County, TEXAS.
There is more to this story. He will be around a long time.


43 posted on 05/28/2012 7:38:55 PM PDT by TexConfederate1861 (Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy.)
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To: Edward Teach

How is this Constitutional? Whatever happened to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? A school can suspend a student for absenteeism, but how can a student be jailed? In Canada, when you turn 16 you can school and your parents where to go and try to make a go of it on your own. You may be foolish and end up on the streets, but you have a right to fail. A black day for once free America.


44 posted on 05/28/2012 7:40:48 PM PDT by littleharbour
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To: AndyJackson

So he added to her hardship by throwing her in jail, just to make an example out of her. Maybe if she was a welfare queen, with a dozen kids from as many fathers, he would have been kinder and more politically correct.


45 posted on 05/28/2012 7:56:48 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: littleharbour

My understanding is that if a student misses a certain number of days they , the school district, are ineligible for Federal reimbursement for tuition for that student. Follow the money.


46 posted on 05/28/2012 7:58:45 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: TexConfederate1861

I am hoping there is more to this story.

Could you post here if there is?


47 posted on 05/28/2012 8:05:38 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Vendome

Dr. Moriarity is BACK.

Holmes: I’m on his case!

Hope the people of Texas are too.


48 posted on 05/28/2012 8:07:05 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: TexConfederate1861
There is more to this story. He will be around a long time.

Probably, but there may be nothing that reflects better on Lanny. If there is, he better get it out there because the real world operates on public perception, Lanny may be around a lot longer than his reputation. In the legal world even the appearance of impropriety is fatal.

49 posted on 05/28/2012 8:13:50 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: AndyJackson

This child’s parents should be in jail for abandoning two kids under 18 without support or money.


50 posted on 05/28/2012 8:22:42 PM PDT by tbw2
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