Re: Honor student jailed for missing too much school
Texas judges are elected through partisan elections. And in Texas, those folks wrote the book on partisanship! This judge is a shining example of how Texans will readily forgive political stupidity, but NOT judges who appear weak on dastardly lawbreakers!
Originally Posted by Tralee
I was curious as hell over this case. And, since I have some media contacts in Texas, I did some background on the circumstances.
First of all, the judge had no idea of the young woman’s circumstances when he sentenced her. When the media informed him of the circumstances and asked if he would have done things differently, he said “NO.”
His words, “The law is the law and I would not want to appear weak on the law,” explains a great deal about Texas political mentality. While I’ve never lived there as a taxpayer, I’ve spent considerable time there dealing with the Johnson Space Center.
Nothing has changed in the Lone Star State over the years. When I was there, appearing WEAK relative to law and order amounted to a political felony resulting in virtually an immediate banishment from office. Stupid? OK! Weak on misdemeanor lawbreakers? NO WAY!
There is no doubt that this judge adds greatly to the rumor that Texas houses massive supplies of politically redundant stupidity. Obviously it does not bother him in the least that a lot of people think he’s dumber than a bag of rocks.
I have some questions for several people in that fine REPUBLIC. I gave them to my contact down there and she promised to deliver them to the appropriate people. There’s no guarantee that they’ll answer them; but I guarantee you that she’ll ask them!
First, to the administrators of the young lady’s school. Were they not aware of her dire circumstances? As a minor, with apparently no adults at home to care for her and her younger siblings, I’d have thought that there had to be at least one administrator with a 3-digit IQ who would have called her into an office and ask her what was going on in her life.
But these dunderheads, like many other school administrators across this fine land, chose to blindly follow stupid ZERO-tolerance policies that require absolutely NO common sense on their part and still collect their 6-figure salaries—some of them in HIGH 6-figures.
The second question goes to this outstanding “letter-of-the-law” judge. While I realize that prosecutors have absolute prosecutorial discretion, did he, even for a second, think to ask the prosecutors what they were doing about the real criminals in this case: the parents who abandoned their minor children?
I get sick to my stomach over people in powerful positions who use the “I had no choice” excuse every time the public piles on them (with a VENGEANCE) for doing colossally stupid stuff.
This was not a case where the Texas General Assembly removed all judicial discretionary power by MANDATING a sentence. This judge had both the discretion and the power to do what he did.
But, he also had the discretion and power to do something intellectually gracious for an obviously intelligent and morally-driven young woman. Instead, he chose to be STUPID!
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.