Judge Denies Trial In School Residency Case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has denied a request by a Connecticut grandmother for a trial over her arrest for sending her grandchildren to Stratford schools though their mother lived in Milford.

Marie Menard’s lawyer said Wednesday that her client asked for a jury trial to win compensatory damages.

The lawyer, Josephine Miller, said Menard wanted restitution of $19,000 she paid the Stratford school district and $7,000 in legal bills.

Miller says Menard was arrested in September 2010 and the children were kicked out of school with only about two weeks left in the academic year.

Representatives of the Stratford school district did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a measure barring arrests over residency and instead requires schools to seek solutions in administrative hearings.
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