Local and international supporters of a 17-year-old girl that was sent to jail for one day for missing out too much of school have called the judge to be removed from the bench.
The Texas judge made a mockery of justice by sentencing a 17-year-old girl to 24 hours in jail and imposing a fine of $100 because the 11th grader Diane Tran missed classes due responsibilities she was forced to shoulder following the separation of her parents.
The Judge Lanny Moriaty later told a television station, “if you let one run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them? let them go too?” A newspaper in Texas called the judge “demented” while another called his actions a “miscarriage of justice.”
The 17-year-old Diane Tran works two jobs to support her siblings due to the separation of her parents. She is a full-time employee at a local Dry Cleaning Business and an aide to a wedding planner. It was not known immediately as to how many classes Tran missed. The Texas law permits only 10 days of 180 days.
Many have called the removal of the judge from the bench while another group in Louisiana has raised more than $72,000 in support of Tran.