Honor Student Jailed for Missing School: Ask the judge to cancel her fine and sentencing
  • Petitioned Alan B. Sadler

This petition was delivered to:

Montgomery County Judge
Alan B. Sadler
Montgomery County Commissioner (Precinct 2)
Craig Doyal
Montgomery County Commissioner (Precinct 3)
Ed Chance
Montgomery County Commissioner (Precinct 4)
Ed Rinehart
Lanny Moriarty, Justice of the Peace (Precinct 1)
Judge Lanny Moriarty
Montgomery County Commissioner (Precinct 1)
Mike Meador

Honor Student Jailed for Missing School: Ask the judge to cancel her fine and sentencing

    1. Samuel Oh
    2. Petition by

      Samuel Oh

      Mission Hills, CA

Diane Tran isn't like most seventeen-year-old girls her age. Sure, there are many honors students taking dual credit U.S. History, dual credit English Literacy, College Algebra, and Spanish Language AP. Sure, there are some who work part time and full time jobs like Diane does at a dry cleaners and a wedding venue. 

But, since Diane's parents have moved away, Diane does all of this to support herself and her two siblings.

For a student facing these challenges, a teacher or authority figure should have reached out to her and made sure she didn't slip through the cracks. Despite her situation, she's not just an extraordinary worker and student, she's an extraordinary human being with a fighting spirit.

The reason why we should care about her is this: The state of Texas is sentencing a young girl to a night of jail for being too emotionally and physically exhausted to go to school. The institutions that are to provide resources to youth and ensure justice are instead punishing her like a criminal and fining her $100.

The Judge in Diane's case said he was making an example of her with this severe punishment. Diane is already an example of how people her age should be acting.

Please tell Judge Lanny Moriarty, the State of Texas, and the U.S.A. to make sure that the future leaders of our nation are looked after and taken care of. Thank you.


Note: If you'd like to donate money to her cause you can go to helpdianetran.com

Recent signatures


    1. Texas Teenager Diane Tran Jailed for Working Hard

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      A great piece about the real life consequences of the model minority myth.

    2. Helping Diane Tran

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      I've been getting messages about the fate of the judge and Diane's parents. From the start I just simply wanted to get Diane's record expunged, which we've succeeded at. However, I don't have the authority or power to get the Judge disbarred or punish her parents. I'm just happy for Diane and that she can finally catch a break.

      If you'd like to help Diane you can donate at helpdianetran.com

    3. We won!

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      A week, 258,000 signatures, and $100,000 dollars later, we won our case. DIane's charges have been dropped and her record can be expunged. Although we can't take back the pain and stress she's had to endure, we can all feel hopeful for her future.

    4. File a Complaint

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      If you'd like to get involved with her case you can file a complaint and contact the Judge's office directly.

      300 S. Danville St
      Willis, TX 77378
      (936) 539-7801 Office
      (936) 788-8399 Fax

      Go to http://scjc.texas.gov/ to file a complaint against the judge. Thank you all!

    5. Reached 200,000 signatures
    6. Petition surge

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! Our petition has climbed 133,000 signatures in roughly 12 hours. I cannot believe this support! Thank you for being apart of this mission. I left a message at Judge Lanny Moriarty's office and he has yet to get back to me. Maybe when he hears how many have signed it now...

    7. Reached 150,000 signatures
    8. Lannyisms

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      Who did this? Hilarious.

    9. Reached 30,000 signatures
    10. Reached 20,000 signatures
    11. HelpDianeTran

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      You can go to HelpDianeTran.com to contribute money to her cause. Great work everyone!

    12. Reached 7,000 signatures
    13. Judge Lanny Moriarty's Past

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      While doing some research, I stumbled upon a texas legal document involving Mr. Moriarty. Apparently he violated numerous sections of the ethics code pertaining to his political contributions, expenditures, and contributions maintained.


      Maybe instead of making an example of Elaine, which she already is, we should make an example out of you.

    14. Reached 5,000 signatures
    15. Thank you all!

      Samuel Oh
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, I had no idea that this petition would garner so much support. Thank you to everyone who signed and please share with anyone you know. I will be contacting the Judge's office in the coming days to see if any progress has been made. Once again, thank you!

      Samuel Oh

    16. Reached 3,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Korey Gaddis KENNEWICK, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      What ever came of this?

    • Theresa Trainor BRICK, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This judge should be removed from the bench.

    • Susan Phillips SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because the judge who sentenced her needs to take a good look at himself & recognize how ridiculous him action was. Also, I want to tell her, "you are fine, Dear. Sometimes those in positions of authority don't have the best judgement. They make mistakes. To put you in jail was a mistake."

    • Christine Cao SAN MARCOS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Honor student Diane's Tran. Judge, please

    • Nicholas Wilson EUGENE, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      That's just ridiculously unjust and stupid.


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