Apparently that is how it worked the first time around.
Originally Posted by Connery
"Houston defense attorney Ned Barnett on Tuesday called the ruling "outrageous" and said "a little discretion should have been used" in the teenager's case."Why do you think this persons opinion matters?
As far as I am concerned it is much like many of the opinions here; A knee-jerk reaction.
Not realizing that the girl had already been given a chance, and deserving of punishment for failing to obey the courts order.
And an over reaction to a mere 24 hours.
"Houston Councilman Al Hoang said what he worries about most is Tran's record. "I’m going to ask the judge to expunge the record," Which goes right back to what I thought the judge may be likely to do.
Well Mr. Hoang is a little lost on the facts it seems.
Hoang told FoxNews.com. "The truancy laws should be applied case by case and in this case, it should not be applied. I believe Judge Moriarty should have used his discretionary power to excuse her from this matter."
Apparently the Judge used that discretionary power the first time. and she failed to follow the courts order.
And as thorough as you are, I doubt you missed this, but from the link you provided.
E. Tay Bond, a well-known Houston defense attorney, said the judge likely had no discretion to avert a jail sentence.
"There's no legal exception that I’m aware of that if you're an honors student, you’re allowed to exceed a maximum number of unexcused days under the Texas Compulsory Education Laws," Bond told FoxNews*com. "Twenty-four hours would be about the minimum period of confinement to make a point.