Lying to get your kids in the school of your choice doesnt show any intent to commit a crime.
Ok this just fries me, it's sad, very sad.
A mother of three who was accused of illegally sending her children to school in Marietta was found not guilty Friday on felony charges.
Prosecutors claimed that Jeanine Echols, who lives in Cobb County, lied repeatedly to the government about her address because she wanted her children to attend better schools in the Marietta school district. Instead of using the address where she and her children live, Echols used the address of her husband's family.
I guess this means that you can live in a county where you pay much lesser taxes and send your kid to a school in one where the tax rate is much higher and reap the benefits of the people in the more costly county who have worked harder to make something of themselves, as long as you don't intend to commit a crime.
Intent never should have entered into this. She knew she was lying, what a great role model.
Instead of sucking it up and being a outstanding citizen and working her backside off to be able to afford to live where she wanted to send her kids to school, she cheated, she lied, she stole. She gave her kids the equivalent of an stolen education, stolen from the taxpayers in another area.
My kid is important, I sucked it up and behaved like an upstanding citizen. I moved to a county with great schools. Do I pay for it, yes, my property taxes aren't cheap and I have a 80 mile daily commute now. It cuts into my time with my family, and the money I have that I could use to find fun things for us to do, but it's the price of being an upstanding citizen who is responsible for my own life and those in it.
Its ok, I am sure when this woman needs clothes for her kids and steals them from Sears nobody will mind as long as she didn't intend to commit a crime, just do something nice for her kids. Of course if she steals from Nordstrom then is she just being greedy?
Or is she entitled to the $75 pair of jeans too?
Then was insisting on lying to send her kids to a 'better' school being greedy? What right does she have to take up space for other kids who live in the area? Are her kids that special? Academic giants? Who was she to decide that she was better than anyone else or more entitled to the benefits someone else paid for!
In the end she stole. Period. Thats ok though because in this country we live in a welfare state where its ok to suck your neighbor dry because you're too lazy to do what it takes to live like you'd like. It's ok to have 12 kids and rely on taxpayer funded medical. After all why should you pay for it right? It's ok to demand that you get your money for sitting on your butt while those around you work their asses off paying for their entire family and yours too.
Intent? It wasn't about intent. It was about choice.
She choose to defraud the school district, she choose to defraud the taxpayers, she choose to force someone else to pay her kids way because she thought they deserved better. Unfortunately for myself and others we are bound by the law and cannot choose to withhold tax money taken from us from thieves like her. We are bound by the law.
Doesn't making a choice, a conscious decision to fill out a piece of paper in a certain manner dictate intent? Or can you do it in your sleep? Even then though if it has the words you choose to put on that paper doesnt that show that you intended to fill it out that way?