‘The judge peered down at Ashley Derrick from the bench and scolded her for being late to a 9 a.m. hearing in his Garland, Texas, courtroom. Derrick, 26, explained that she’d hit traffic coming from one of her two jobs as a phlebotomist.
Her alleged crime: contributing to her child’s non-attendance at school, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and community service for each unexcused absence. “Your son has six lates to school and two leaving early,” Judge John Sholden declared. “How do you plead? “Not guilty,” answered Derrick. The judge set a pretrial hearing for June 27.’