New fallout for Ohio woman who drove around school bus
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 7:09
- Date Nov 20, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Escorted back -- session on the docket today new fallout for the woman caught on tape.
Driving up on the sidewalk to bypass.
A slow moving special needs at school bus.
The judge in Cleveland imposing a rather unusual sentence you -- here can you read the -- You see it here in part because she you know Harden could only be charged with a minor misdemeanor.
And so the judge found.
An interesting way of upping the ante on her can you read the sign it says it reads only an idiot would drive -- -- sidewalk to avoid a school bus.
Now the city -- looking to beef up the penalty to one that includes jail time.
-- Spiegel whether fox affiliate WJW takes a look back at how hardened.
Carried out the sentence that was given to her.
32 year old -- -- hardened remained defiant.
She took questions please think about -- after question.
With no response.
Just as smoke and a smirk.
For two days she has to stand here only for an hour at the corner of 38 -- -- here in Cleveland.
-- know yet she has to hold this sign it reads only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.
-- -- -- -- -- It is it is.
Parents say she's been doing this for a long time that's why the bus driver recorded it and showed it to police.
Then they caught her in the act on September 11.
Parents find it disturbing that she would endanger kids on a special needs bus and the children at a nearby daycare.
You don't have a -- especially losing you know got -- -- -- this you have to wait you know.
Let's not kid knows but I don't know let's face it out there -- -- on the corner looking like eating it smoking a cigarette and dressed in black social -- -- easier.
Part of the reason for the massive media advisor -- her complete defiance her refusal to apologize to sand sorry.
How many if she you know one more opportunity to say something herself.
Would you like to say you're sorry today -- would like to say anything at all.
That's -- it's going to be.
One -- today and one hour tomorrow.
I think she's not a cigarette is supposed to -- don't -- don't care.
He should be nice up Soledad.
I spoke to her mother briefly through the car window again asking for an apology here so they they feel like she just.
As -- said sorry wants women around.
You know things -- Well she has finally admitted that she messed up telling our fox affiliate quote I did wrong there's no justification for what I did.
I did wrong and I broke the law that I am no monster.
So should the penalty have been harsher.
Joining me now Joey Jackson a mark I -- both are former prosecutors and now defense attorneys.
So after the fact to win make media coverage reached a theory she unit in a written statement -- Did wrong.
And isn't about whether she really feels the appropriate remorse for driving over the sidewalk in -- and manner that could've killed young children mark.
And whether she or or more importantly future she knows.
Should face harsher penalties.
Okay I'm not.
Gonna defend her actions her actions.
Were idiotic and moronic I don't know if she's an idiot or not -- -- I think about -- -- think this judge does either.
I think that his sentence -- grades at the legal system.
If he wanted to suspend her driving privileges more you want to give her more of a fine if you wanted to have her apologize publicly then that's appropriate but when you let these judges.
Act like little Caesars.
To -- the public.
And throw down whatever sentence that they want like they're auditioning for reality show I think it demeans our system.
-- -- you know Joey -- this judge's name his pinky car.
Took took the example from the from a prior judge are another judge had pains -- municipal I don't know Epperson is Michael chicken -- Who.
He issued such sentences as.
Making a couple dresses biblical characters and walk with a donkey after they still -- Jesus figure from and its going to be.
How -- -- -- time I'd go.
Haven't made the legal processes and I -- knew it was coming -- I think that the sentence is perfectly appropriate here let's back up 12.
You look at the purposes of the criminal justice system we talk about punishment we talk about the -- we talk about rehabilitation.
There's this business they saying in the legal community and it goes like this -- If you're not a criminal when you enter a jail facility you certainly will be when you come out of one and so therefore I think judges need to be creative.
Not -- -- otherwise quote past presidents but we need a kinder gentler nation -- We don't have to criminalize everything to be -- -- this judge also make it mark.
This is what did the -- the judge was given in other words the law did not prevent him to incarcerate her it only permitted him to find her.
And that's why you start off by saying -- a letter to figure -- is saying exactly there is.
Something I really -- -- licence was suspended for thirty days which you know can be significant and actually can cause financial hardship depending on on your situation.
But then -- real thing was these two hours of public humiliation I option -- -- look -- humiliated me mark.
Well you're not -- force someone to be humiliated not gonna happen but let me just say this from the legislators go through and they delineate what.
Appropriate penalty should be applied nowhere in there amongst.
Jail and fines and community -- is wearing a public dunce cap.
This was her first -- time that she got caught.
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Lawyers and that it is a man that's -- let's let's just say this doesn't apply to this courtroom that other judges now are gonna do the shaming penalties more off and they happen now when you when you need to -- when a judge once -- -- clean -- -- Iraq they're gonna make them scrub the courtroom with a toothbrush right what why not cut someone off in traffic -- having to make them cut their hair so no.
That you want to be a real good -- got this other judge.
Who oversees the municipal drug court apparently -- -- people.
To write their own obituaries and read them in court as a way of helping them get out front -- me and another good looking about -- creative way to -- -- to keep -- keep them out of jail -- send a message.
Joey -- it absolutely should we give -- imprisonment without parole I think the message is clear here and that we cannot also construe our silence for not being remorseful.
I think it sends a message that's loud and clear it won't be done again and.
Yeah even when she was isn't exactly asked do you wanna say you're sorry even silence in response to that it was a great mark -- What color like where does the great mark I'd -- would say keep -- -- shot.
I don't think -- -- we'll be right back act thank you thank you --