Please Support Kelley Williams-Bolar

Mother of two convicted of a felony for sending her kids to a better school

An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition. – Dr. Boyce Watkins
As punishment for doing everything in her power to keep her children safe, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother with no previous criminal record, has been made a felon by Ohio judge Patricia Cosgrove. In addition to jail time, a large fine and probation, Ms. Williams-Bolar’s felony conviction has also robbed her of her future.
“‘Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court’s taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.” – Judge Patricia Cosgrove
Although Ms. Williams-Bolar had nearly completed her education to become a teacher, under Ohio law felons are not permitted to teach. She has been robbed of the opportunity to elevate her life and the lives of her family through her own hard work. She has been handed what equates to a life sentence for attempting to protect her children. In a time of overwhelming economic disadvantage for so many US citizens, are loving single mothers like Williams-Bolar truly the enemy our court system should be making examples of in this way?
Ms. Williams-Bolar’s attorneys are currently preparing for an appeal. Please sign this petition to let Gov. Kasich know that you do not feel that Kelley Williams-Bolar’s punishment appropriately fits her crime, and that you both support and demand a full pardon.
Source: Sickly Cat Online Magazine

3 Comments on "Please Support Kelley Williams-Bolar"

  1. Medina Tadele Aug 16, 2011 · 3:03 pm

    This is injustice at it’s best. I support you and any effort that will help you. I am mortified by the blatent racist actions of the court system. Everyone’s kids deserve the best. Bending the truth to get it is just a small act thatmost mothers including myself would do. God be with you maam.

  2. JCB3 Aug 17, 2011 · 9:33 am

    @Medina: Yeah, there are so many things wrong with this!

    She now has an enormous bill.
    She cannot get a job with a felony to pay that bill.
    Her kids have to go to the school in the projects, which means they will get a shitty education and be right back int he same position.

  3. daniella Aug 17, 2011 · 10:35 pm

    I’m speechless! I just signed the petition and I will be passing this story around. Of course bigger media isn’t going to pay attention to this story..

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