Saturday, May 26, 2012

Texas Jurisprudence Strikes Again

Texas is justly famous for its jurisprudence. From the Dallas County DAs who said - "...any prosecutor can convict a guilty man. It takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man. " to Governor Perry, who lived up to the Simpsons joke "He doesn't want to be seen as lenient to the falsely accused.", Texas has it's own brand of justice.

The case that follows is at least nowhere near that brutal of an injustice, and to be fair, probably could happen in many states. What distinguishes it is the pure crystallization of bureaucratic rigidity and stupidity it represents.

Diane Tran is a high school student in Houston. According to the Daily Mail,  she has occasionally missed school as a result of having to work two jobs to support herself and her siblings - all while going to high school ,where she takes double credit (high school / college) courses. Texas has a law that states students can be jailed if they miss school without permission from their parents. Tran's parents divorced, and left town.

You might think that a person who worked two jobs to support themselves while attending school would be admirable. Judge Lanny Moriarty disagrees - 'If you let one [truant student] run loose, what are you gonna' do with the rest of 'em? Let them go too?'

Well, yes. Furthermore, I would like to play Holmes to Mr. Moriarty. I think Diane Tran (who wants to become a doctor) is the sort of person we really need in this country, and Mr. Moriarty is a shining example of much that is wrong with government in general, and "justice" in particular.

I am going to start a fund for Ms. Tran. If anyone else would like to contribute, please contact me at I will keep a list of contributors, and will publish it at a later date. (I will respect anonymity requests, obviously), along with updates.

UPDATE: The Asian American Action Fund links to a fund already started, although they are trying to confirm it's legitimacy.

UPDATE: (5/30) Fox News has a story about the website linked above.  I believe it's legitimate, and I donated $50. I'll add another $50 next week. The website has already received ~ $70,000, so she should be able to attend a good college (at least for a couple years).


Jack said...

They must give out law degrees in the Lone Star Six Packs down there. I guess it's no surprise this guy's name is Moriarty. Too bad his first name isn't Richard, but I guess that would be too perfect...

Pro Libertate said...

Say, don't we know a Texas lawyer? Adam Reposa?

BakedPenguin said...

Jack - I figure he's a descendant.

PL - Too bad she wasn't DUI case. I'm surprised no one @ H&R has picked this up.

the innominate one said...

If we just let students occasionally miss school in order to support themselves and their siblings, it sends the wrong message. Self-sufficiency is rude, it makes slackers realize what slackers they are.

The most amazing thing is, assuming what you've reported is accurate, is how two irresponsible parents resulted in such a person as Diane Tran.