Now in Legal Rebels:
Posted Aug 14, 2014 11:15 am CDT
Ten days ago, Marilyn Jean Hartman managed to sneak onto a flight from San Jose, California, to Los Angeles without a ticket.
Discovered once she arrived in LA on Aug. 4, the 62-year-old San Francisco Bay area resident was arrested, charged with a misdemeanor and released on probation two days later after she pleaded no contest. The next day, Aug. 7, she was arrested again at Los Angeles International Airport for violating a condition of her probation for being there without a ticket.
Echoing the words of a fellow prosecutor in the Bay Area, where Hartman has also been arrested for airport-related offenses, deputy city attorney Spencer Hart said Hartman rebuffed attempts to try to place her in a program that might have been able to help her. Instead, he said at a Wednesday hearing, Hartman preferred to go to jail.
Commissioner Alan Rubin asked Hartman if this was really true. She replied: “That’s correct,” the newspaper recounts.
Rubin said he didn’t know whether jail would be effective in dealing with Hartman’s behavior. However, he told her repeatedly: “This has got to stop.”
After her no-contest plea last week at the airport courthouse, Hartman spoke with KTLA. She said she once worked as a legal secretary, but has been living in a homeless shelter because of income issues.
She also promised to straighten up and fly right in the future. “I want to go with a paid ticket. … I want to do everything legal,” she told the station at the time. Saying it was “clearly wrong” to stow away to LA, she added: “It was stupid and it is something I don’t want to repeat.”
Hat tip: CBS News.