Ask Judge to Revoke Unjust Sentence Against High School Honor Student

Target: Judge Lanny Moriarty, Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1)
Goal: Revoke unmerited charges against 17-year old student, Diane Tran

17-year old high schooler, Diane Tran, was recently fined $100 and sentenced to a night in jail for missing a day of school due to exhaustion. In addition to being an honor student, Diane provides for herself and her two siblings by working both a full-time and a part-time job since her parents abandoned her family. We must make Judge Lanny Moriarty realize that Diane deserves support and mentoring rather than a criminal record and urge him to revoke his sentence.

When Diane’s parents divorced and left their children and their Texas home, she took on the responsibility of caring for herself and her siblings, determined to provide for her family and graduate from high school. Fellow students knew that Diane often stayed up until 7:00am finishing her homework, but no teacher or school counselor stepped in to check on Diane. When Diane did not make it to school one day due to emotional and physical exhaustion, she received the shocking news that she would receive a criminal punishment.

Judge Moriarty did not have to sentence Diane to a night in jail. Instead of showing compassion for Diane and helping her by providing resources, he decided to punish her so other students would not attempt to skip school. He told reporters, “If you let one of them run loose, what are you going to do with the rest of them?” By failing to use his human judgement and not taking into consideration the unique context of Diane’s situation, Judge Moriarty cast a criminal record on a studious, hard-working and extraordinary young girl.

By signing the petition below, you are showing your support for Diane by telling Judge Moriarty to revoke the fine and charges against her.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Judge Lanny Moriarty,

I am extremely saddened and disappointed by your decision to sentence 17-year old Diane Tran for missing a day of school due to exhaustion. In addition to being an honor student, Diane provides for herself and her two siblings by working both a full-time and a part-time job since her parents abandoned her family. Diane deserves support and mentoring rather than a criminal record.

You did not have to sentence Diane to a night in jail and charge her a $100 fine to dissuade other students from skipping school. Diane’s situation is completely unique and deserves appropriate action. Diane needs support and resources to help her provide for her siblings while she finishes high school, not arbitrary punishments. By not taking into consideration the unique context of Diane’s situation, you have cast a criminal record on a studious, hard-working and extraordinary young girl.

I urge you to do the right thing in the name of justice for youth and revoke the unmerited charges, including the sentence and fine, against Diane.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Olimpia Lee says:

    Thank you to everyone who signed! The judge listened, and all charges against Diane have been dropped.

    — Olimpia

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