In March Margaret Young, 44 of Magnolia received a jury summons in the mail at her home. The summons was for April 1, 2013, the first day her special needs children at Magnolia Junior High School were to return to the class room. Wanting to be there for the children the court allowed her to be with the children by allowing her to join the jury pool of almost one hundred fifty on April 29.
On April 29th she received an email telling her she was not needed until the following day, April 30. As soon as she saw this she once again called Judge Kelly Case’s 9th District Court and told them she was unable to make her jury date.
Ms. Young, who in addition to a sixth grade Special Needs teacher, tutors a young cancer student on her own time. Recently the student learned she was cancer free.
Several months ago Young was asked to attend the Courage of Light Luncheon. The luncheon was sponsored by the Candlelighters. Every year, this luncheon gives Candlelighters the opportunity to honor young people who are lights of courage in their battle with cancer. They also represent the thousands of children living with childhood cancer. The young cancer patient was to be honored at the event.
Young explained to the court why she could not make it, but was told she could not be excused.
Just after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening Deputy Thomas with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was given the task to arrest her. The deputy even questioned it and asked for advise from his supervisor before placing her in cuffs and transporting her to the Montgomery County Jail.
She was booked into the jail on a charge of Writ of Attachment/Felony with no bond.
County Court 4 Judge Mary Ann Turner seeing what was happening and came to the rescue. She released Young on a $10,000 PR Bond.
Young, with her attorney Greg Gaines appeared in Judge Turner’s Court Wednesday afternoon and will return May 13.
Now since her arrest she is not being allowed to return to Magnolia ISD until her felony case is disposed of. In addition to her suffering her students now suffer without their normal teacher.
Other local attorney’s say they have never seen anything like this. Young was never sworn in as a juror but was not there to join the jury pool.
IT has also been noted that she would have been exempt from jury duty due to her being a student and working on her Masters Degree at Sam Houston State University. But she decided she wanted to do the right thing.
Several attempts were made to talk with Judge Case but according to his staff he was not granting interviews.