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It’s no surprise that the latest of the abominations against taste in this country comes from Texas.  It has become a routine with them.  First there was Gov. Rick Perry talking about them seceding from the Union (if only they would).  Then there was Gov. Rick Perry completely ignoring the 1st Amendment and have a state-funded and state-run prayer gathering in a stadium.  Then there was the story about the school in Texas that kicked a disabled girl out of school for having to have a walker.

And now, there is a 17 year old honor student named Diane Tran who was sent to jail for missing too much class.  Tran is a an AP student, taking college courses, and works a full-time and part-time job to support her two siblings, along with herself.  She does that along with dealing with the social issues of being a 17 year old girl.  Since her parents got divorced and both moved out of state, she is all alone with no help.

The judge, Lanny Moriarty (what a fitting last name to his character, or lack thereof), sent her to jail for 24 hours and charged her a $100 fine.  He did this because apparently, she didn’t heed his warning a month earlier for her not to miss class.  This makes the whole affair worse because this judge saw her full her plate is, but still thought that it was wrong for her to miss class.  So, why did the judge think that this was a worthwhile thing to do?

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.

No, it isn’t a death sentence, but it is a jerk thing to do.  This judge knows how much she has going on, and how hard she is working, since he gave her a “warning” over a month earlier, and he still did this?  Yeah, because this girl was such a social miscreant, supporting her family and dealing with life all on her own at 17.  He’s so right, it shouldn’t be tolerated.  We should force these people to just die on the street.  That seems more compassionate.

But this doesn’t stop there.  When he was asked if he could revoke this sentence, the Judge had another lovely tidbit to say –

Ya, probably could.

So, the person followed up, asking if he would, he replied,

I haven’t thought on the issue because it could turn me soft.

Yeah, it could turn you soft, or it could turn you human.  Joe Bereta on SourceFed is right, Judge Lanny Moriarty, you’re a dick!  You are a complete jerk, forcing this girl into this situation when she clearly is working so hard already.  Now she has a criminal record to go on with her for the rest of her life.  You think that won’t hurt her when she is a graduate and trying to find a career?

This judge needs to be made an example of, and thanks to the internet, he is not going to get away with this without a lot of social indignation, and like every other cause the internet has backed, the internet does not forgive, and the internet does not forget.  What you have done, Judge Moriarty (can’t help how fitting that name is), will follow you forever, and if it gets you the indignation and jerk-status from everybody who knows you, that would be just fitting.

Diane Tran, you should sue the state of Texas.  This is ridiculous, and I think you could make a legitimate cause of action here.  If somebody can sue a toaster company for getting electricuted, you can sue Texas for making you have to live with this insult.  And maybe they can make up for it by making it easier for you to help your two siblings.  That would be fitting justice in this horrible case of Texas once-again showing how backwards and pathetic it really is.

I wonder if Mexico wants Texas back.  Nah, probably not.  Nobody does…


Comments on: "Texas Judge Imprisons Honor Student for Missing Class?" (2)

  1. Reblogged this on Lucien Maverick's Blog and commented:

    This is beyond ridiculous. This judge is such a dick!

  2. […] to demonstrate extreme sociopathy, Judge […]

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