A former member of the Frederick County Board of Education was sentenced to a year in jail with all but 10 days suspended after pleading guilty Wednesday in Washington County District Court to texting while driving in a 2019 crash that injured four people, the Herald-Mail reported.

Lois Amsel Jarman, 60, of Knoxville also was sentenced by retired Montgomery County Circuit Judge Mary Beth McCormick to three years of probation, according to online court records.

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threecents

Gotta wonder why she thought it was a good idea to run for office with this hanging over her.

nsaula

Lois was one of the most compassionate & kind teachers I have ever known. She was a gift to the kids she helped...FCPS was lucky to have her.

threecents

Agreed.

mrnatural1

I know someone who was sentenced (in FredCo District Court) to the same amount of time, ten (10) days in jail, PLUS 400 hours of community service for simply driving with a suspended license. Nothing more. No accident, no DWI/DUI, just a suspended license.

The disparity between sentences is sickening, completely indefensible, and cannot help but reduce one's faith in our "justice" system.

Everyone involved in that system needs to give this some serious thought. You worked hard in school. Got good grades. Graduated from law school and passed the Bar Exam. Whether you are a legislator, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, or a judge, you should be able to be proud of your accomplishments -- but you cannot be. Not as long as the system remains grossly unfair.

Here's an idea. ALL defendants are assigned an attorney selected at random from a pool. No longer can wealthy people hire a team of high-dollar lawyers. A homeless person would have the same chance at getting a hot-shot attorney as a CEO.

Imagine if there were a way for defendants to remain anonymous. The judge (and jury if there is one) would have NO clue as to their race, gender, occupation, religion, which family they are a member of, etc. That would be interesting.

HappySeller2014

Those injured and the car insurance companies will sue her for millions of $s, and win. If her car insurance company cannot pay for about $300K in unpaid medical bills, as she is at fault, lawyers are going to go after ALL her assets as well.

Someone still in a wheelchair? Three cars a mess? And she only gets seven days in jail? So much for deterrance. Who would be fearful of texting and driving if they can wreck three cars, cause untold physical human damage and huge medical bills, and then just sit in jail for seven days and go on probation?

This is whack.

threecents

Not sure how you came to that conclusion. Isn't she an old retired teacher ordered to pay 25K and likely will have to have to pay more in civil cases? Plus she is on probation, and if she does anything else wrong could be automatically sent to prison. I assume they took her drivers license too. I think her punishment is a good deterrent to her and to others. So many read a little blurb in the paper and think they know the whole story and they know better than the judge what the appropriated sentence is.

Crab0721

She did not get enough time and they gave her a week to get herself in order before she has to serve her 10 days which means that she can make an appeal anyone else would have been taken away right then and there. [censored][censored][angry][angry]

C.D.Reid

Yep [thumbup]

gabrielshorn2013

A light sentence for her wanton carelessness that left a woman still in a wheelchair. Let's hope the civil courts can do better.

C.D.Reid

A light sentence which offers no incentive to not to repeat the offense. Agreed, I hope the civil courts do make up for this trivial, and token, slap on the wrist.

AOC

All you need to know that FNP is no longer a real newspaper is they do not report on an important event but posts a link where you can read information written by a real reporter.

"Jarman was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Frederick County Board of Education in January 2019, but lost the seat in the November 2020 general election." [one of two political appointees of CE Gardner who were soundly rejected by FREDCO voters]

C.D.Reid

I agree 100%, AOC. When I saw "For more go to: https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/former-frederick-county-boe-member-sentenced-in-2019-crash/article_21dcd084-3cd4-528b-bc1f-8e19cb967b70.html" my first reaction was "Why?" The incident may have occurred in Washington Co., but it involved a Frederick Co. person who worked in Frederick Co. So why does a Hagerstown paper have more information?

acslifer

Because the court hearing was held in Washington County, not Frederick County ...

C.D.Reid

Why would that make a difference as to what the FNP could write?

threecents

CD, You don't seem to get it, but the FNP - like most local papers - has serious financial issues. They have to cut corners. They still have the news, but they might not be the first to cover everything local, and they often rely on other news outlets. I already have to pay a lot of money for my subscription, and I don't want to pay more. If you don't like it, then please leave it. Maybe you would prefer the Hagerstown paper, The Baltimore Sun, or the Washington Post or Times. Please consider switching. Though we would miss your amazing insights, with time I think we could get over it.

C.D.Reid

I'll tell you what, three, how about you just be concerned with your comments, and let others be concerned with theirs. If you don't like what I, or anyone else for that matter, writes, maybe you should be the one to consider switching. OK? Got it?

threecents

Sorry CD, but I think it would be best for this forum and for you, if you left this forum.

mikec

Agree with this. That's pretty embarrassing that they have to link to the Hagerstown newspaper. Since it's a Frederick story, it should be the other way around- the Hagerstown paper should be linking to FNP.

public-redux

I love the Harold Male.

C.D.Reid

I wonder which was more embarrassing for Jarman; what her "Defendant Information" revealed, or the fact that people know that she was acting like a teenager by texting while driving? Either way, I hope this conviction helps the others sue the hell out of her to recoup their medical expenses.

bosco

I'd say she had the "complexion for the connection."

Imagine if a Black regular citizen had committed the same offense.

C.D.Reid

Really. If she were black, all the racists here would be calling her a "thug" and demanding she should have been locked up for a few years.

vjhughes

You make a valid point.

AOC

[thumbup] [thumbup]

At least the Hagerstown paper will post her booking photo.

threecents

So???

vjhughes

I wonder if this will teach others not to text and drive? Not enough of a penalty, it seems to me. And it appears as if it’s not only teenagers that text while driving. When will people learn? I hope she gets her rear end sued off.

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