Aug 01, 2020
Special-needs teen released after being jailed for not doing schoolwork
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A Michigan teenager held in juvenile detention since mid-May for violating probation by failing to complete her online coursework was freed on Friday.
The 15-year-old girl, identified only as Grace, was released to her mother at around 5 p.m. after the Michigan Court of Appeals overruled her initial sentence, ProPublica Illinois reported.
Judge Mary Ellen Brennan deemed her a “threat to the community” because she had failed to turn in assignments when her schools switched to remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The case involving Grace, a black special-needs student who suffers from ADHD, drew national concerns over the juvenile court system and allegations of racial bias.
More than 300,000 people signed an online petition calling for her release.
Michigan lawmakers and school board members advocated she be freed and federal representatives asked the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Justice Department to intervene.
There were also several protests outside the courthouse where the case was heard.
She will now remain free, on house arrest, during her appeal or pending “further order” from the Court of Appeals, ProPublica reported.
A statement released to the outlet on behalf of Grace and her mother said, “They are both extremely and deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support from around the country, and for Grace’s release; she is anxious to be with her family.”
“We are elated. We are so happy for Grace to be going home,” said Grace’s other attorney, Jonathan Biernat.
“It is amazing that she is going to be able to sleep at home tonight.”
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Trump says NYC needs another Rudy Giuliani to run for mayor
President Trump told The Post during an Oval Office interview on Thursday that New York City needs “another Rudy” to enter the mayor’s race next year as violent crime soars.
“You need another Rudy [Giuliani] to go in there and clean it up. That’s what you need. Rudy was a great mayor,” Trump said.
“He did stop and frisk and he was proud of it. He wasn’t somebody that apologized at all. He did his job,” Trump said. “It was bad when he was there. I think it is maybe at that same level if not worse. It can be saved but they’ve got to work fast.”
Giuliani, a Republican and one of the president’s attorneys, is credited with cleaning up New York during his 1994-2001 reign as mayor.
Shootings and murders are up significantly this year in the city. The number of murders last month was up 58 percent over the same period last year, according to NYPD data. The year-to-date jump in killings is 29 percent.
Trump blamed outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who cannot run again due to term limits, for the surge in violence.
“You need a man just like Rudy Giuliani that has a lot of energy and a lot of smarts, a lot of street smarts. I mean, the truth is now people realize what a good mayor he was, what a great mayor he was,” Trump said.
Trump called New York “a cherished diamond” that had “gone to hell.” He in part blamed the recent city budget cutting $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion in annual operating expenses and about $537 million in planned capital spending.
“It’s a showplace for this country. It’s one of the diamonds of this country and they’ve let it go to hell out of pure stupidity and not understanding anything about what they should be doing. It’s a very sad thing for me to watch,” Trump said.
Trump, who talked up his own chances of carrying New York state in November, said he was unfamiliar with current candidates in the mayor’s race. Giuliani did not immediately respond to a text message from The Post.
Declared candidates in the mayoral race include former Obama White House budget director Shaun Donovan and retired US Army brigadier general Loree Sutton. Many city officials are possible contenders.