The Ohio Parole Board will hear an argument for clemency in the conviction of Kelley Williams-Bolar at 9 a.m. tomorrow (July 20). The hearing will be held in Columbus at the office of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, 770 W. Broad Street.
Williams-Bolar, of Akron, was sentenced to 10 days in Summit County Jail and received two years probation and community service for two counts of tampering with records. She was convicted of providing false records to enroll her two children in Copley-Fairlawn Schools.
The case was presented to the Summit County Prosecutor by Copley-Fairlawn Schools after an investigator hired by the district discovered that the children did not live with their grandparents, as the mother had claimed.
Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Spokesman Carlo LoParo said the board typically takes about two weeks to issue a recommendation. Ohio Gov. John Kasich "ultimately decides whether he will follow the parole board's recommendation or make another decision," LoParo said.
The governor's decision is final.
LoParo said if Williams-Bolar does receive clemency, a pardon would be issued by the governor. From there, Williams-Bolar could ask a court to expunge her record or have it sealed.
Williams-Bolar has said she is studying to become a teacher. Certain felony convictions would bar her from obtaining an Ohio teacher's license.
Gov. Kasich received over 165,000 petition signatures opposing the Williams-Bolar conviction. In February, the governor instructed the parole board to review the case. Williams-Bolar's story has been debated in the national media, in blogs and on entertainment talk shows including Dr. Phil.