Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Getty Images).

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has directed the state's Parole Board to determine whether the felony conviction of Kelly Williams-Bolar, who used her father's address to enroll her children in a neighboring school district with the hope that they would receive a better education, was an appropriate punishment.

Williams-Bolar was convicted of falsifying documents to enroll her daughters in the Copley-Fairlawn schools from 2006 to 2008 and spent nine days in jail.

She was studying to be a teacher, but the felony record will prevent her from doing so if the conviction stands. 

It sounds as if Kasich is in tune with the sentiment of much of the country on this case: The punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and the result — derailing Williams' career and punishing her children in the process — is out of proportion and just doesn't seem like justice. The governor has reportedly received letters, e-mails, phone calls and 165,000 petition signatures on this issue since the case gained national attention.

The panel will determine whether to let the conviction stand, reduce the charge or pardon her.


Read more at the Huffington Post.

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