Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Homeless woman pleads not guilty
to stealing son's education
from Jacqueline Dowd
Moments before going into court McDowell appeared before a phalanx of cameras and reporters in Norwalk, Connecticut.
The homeless woman accused of stealing more than $15,000 from Norwalk taxpayers for sending her 5-year-old son to a city elementary school has pleaded not guilty.
Tanya McDowell, 33, is facing up to 20 years in jail on first-degree larceny and conspiracy charges. The case was continued until May 11.
Defense attorney Darnell Crosland said McDowell was undeniably homeless when she enrolled her son at the school and he should have been allowed to remain there, according to federal law.
Read the Stamford Advocate report here. And see previous post here. posted by Jacqueline Dowd @ 2:59 PM
Linda's Hearth note: This reporter is a 'poverty lawyer' who also teaches law, in Orlando, Florida. Her blog deserves our support: The 13th Juror