2/8/2011 2:20:18 PM | Tina Kaufmann, AkronNewsNow.com
Governor John Kasich has instructed the Ohio Parole Board to review the case of Kelley Williams-Bolar.
He’s asking the board to make a recommendation to him to determine if her conviction should stand, if it should be reduced to a lesser offense or if she should be pardoned.
“Like many people, the case of Ms. Williams-Bolar has struck a deep chord with Karen and me…After a careful review of this case by my own legal team I think it merits a review by the parole board to determine if the penalties are appropriate, and I look forward to seeing the board’s recommendation,” Kasich said in a news release.
Williams-Bolar, 40, spent nine days in jail after a jury convicted her of falsifying documents in order to enroll her two daughters in Copley-Fairlawn schools from 2006 to 2008. The felony record precludes her from following through on plans to become a teacher.
Kasich has received letters, e-mails, phone calls and 165,000 petition signatures from around the country since the case gained national attention.
Kasich’s spokesman Rob Nichols says this case has stirred emotions on both sides. “An independent set of eyes on it is never a bad thing.”
Nichols says asking the parole board to review the case has nothing to do with the recent controversy over the lack of racial diversity on Kasich’s Cabinet.