Seated in a wheelchair and wearing a jail-issue jumpsuit, Amanda Gould felt certain the judge would release her. Her lawyer, her kids and husband thought so too.
She knew her case was complicated, knew she had messed up by violating the terms of her probation. But two months in Pasco County Jail for something that soon may be legal seemed punishment enough.
In August, during a regular drug screening for a 2013 DUI conviction, she’d tested positive for marijuana. She says it’s the only thing that eases her pain and allows her to function as a mother.
Weeks later, at a hearing Oct. 8, Circuit Judge William Webb held a stack of papers with Gould’s medical history. A probation officer had recommended that her probation continue.
“I think that’s a waste of time,” the judge said. “It’s pretty clear to me from this report that she likes drugs and she’s not going to stop using them no matter what.”