Diane Tran, Jailed Honors Student: Her Lawyer Urges Her Not to Reject Donations

Diane Tran, the straight-A student who was jailed for missing too many classes while working two jobs to support her younger brother, says she may not accept the $100,000 or so raised on her behalf, saying other kids are more needy.

Her lawyer, however, is urging her to.

"Diane has been absolutely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support on so many levels," says Brian Wice. "And while it speaks volumes about her character that she wants to earmark some of it for people she thinks are less fortunate, I think at the end of the day, the people who donated expect that money to go to her college education fund, and I will do everything in my power to see that it does."

Wice says Tran has been contacted by colleges. It's safe to assume some of them will also be offering scholarship money to the Willis High School student.

Wice met with a prosecutor and the judge who had sentenced Tran to a one-day jail term, Lanny Moriarty, and all agreed to drop contempt charge that remained on her record.

"I sat down with the judge, who is an incredibly nice guy, who cares about these kids and has done wonders with curtailing the truancy rate in Willis...and we were able to reach common ground on what is right."

Wice, for what it's worth, is extremely impressed with Tran for her maturity. She's told him she doesn't want to do a lot if interviews, something which no doubt stunned the soundbite-guru Wice to the core.

Follow Houston Press on Facebook and on Twitter @HairBallsNews or @HoustonPress.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Richard Connelly
Contact: Richard Connelly