COLUMBUS, Ohio - A lawyer for Kelley Williams-Bolar will provide the Ohio Parole Board with a multimedia rich presentation, including PowerPoints, at her hearing in Columbus on Wednesday.
Sources said on Tuesday that the defense team for the Akron mom, who was convicted of falsifying records to illegally enroll her kids in a neighboring school district, will show the nine-member panel video that paints a picture of their client in a different light than the Summit County Common Pleas Court judge who sentenced her.
Williams-Bolar was convicted of felony records tampering in January and spent nine days behind bars. She was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.
In early June, Judge Patricia Cosgrove released a three-page statement to jurors who heard the case. In part, she updated them that the record showed Williams-Bolar's claims to be close to a teaching degree from the University of Akron during her trial were false. The judge cited records released to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority showed she not only wasn't accepted into the University's College of Education but also "...hasn't completed the majority of prerequisite classes to become a teacher."
Williams-Bolar's attorney David Singleton recently filed a motion asking Cosgrove voluntarily recuse herself from future proceedings in the case, which is currently under appeal. Williams-Bolar is on probation and it's Judge Cosgrove's job to check her progress.
Governor John Kasich requested the Board take a look at the case, after receiving countless letters and emails. He said he respects the law, but questioned whether it's right for Williams-Bolar to be a convicted felon.
Williams-Bolar's clemency hearing begins at 9 a.m. in Columbus and is not expected to last all day.
Ultimately, Gov. Kasich will decide whether to grant Williams-Bolar a full pardon, commute her sentence or leave the conviction as-is.
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