Nancy Smith To Stay Free While Lawyers Argue

by

comment

gavel.jpg

Nancy Smith — the former Head Start bus driver tried and convicted of molesting a gaggle of Lorain kids under her care in the late 90s, a conviction later overturned in 2009, which in turn was rejected by the Ohio Supreme County last month — will not have to go back to jail for now.

According to the Morning Journal, Judge James Burge — the robe who originally tossed the conviction in 2009 — ruled this morning that Smith would remain free while the Ohio Supreme Court considers motions filed Monday.

There was some concern that the woman would be sent directly to jail, no passing Go, after the high court’s ruling. Today the scene at the courthouse was weepy, reportedly. The paper has a video of Smith speaking before the press crunch about the ordeal.

Joseph Allen, the second defendant in the case, was not in court today.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.