Prosecuting parents for forging doctors’ notes? The DA must have too much money and an acute shortage of crime, writes Instapundit.
A mother in Tehama County, California faces eight felony counts of truancy-related forgery.
Prosecutors accuse (Kari Shannon) Brandt of forging signatures and creating doctors’ notes on 12 occasions between December 2009 and April. The reported notes were written for three of Brandt’s children, ages 6, 7 and 8 . . .
In nearby Glenn County, two couples were charged with felony forgery of excuses.
William and Shannon Anderson were accused of altering the date of a doctor’s note in January, but Glenn County Superior Court Judge Peter B. Twede said the penal code section cited by Glenn County authorities — the same cited by Tehama County prosecutors — did not apply because the note in question was handed to a teacher and not an investigative body.
Another local couple still face the same charges.
In my day, a note from the parent — or from a student with adult handwriting and diction — was enough for an excused absence. I used my writing skills only for good — to help out my sister when she forgot to ask Mom for a note. I didn’t realize it was a felony.