Lawyers for an Akron, Ohio mother who was jailed after enrolling her daughters in an out-of-zone school system began this week taking the first steps to request a pardon for Kelley Williams-Bolar.

Earlier this week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked that state’s Board of Pardons and Parole to review the case of Williams-Bolar, who was convicted and sentenced to 10 days in jail in January.

Williams-Bolar’s case had dragged along since 2006 when officials with the Copley-Fairlawn School District disputed the residency of the 40-year-old single mother of two, who used her father’s address to enroll her daughters in school.

She was convicted by a jury last month and ordered to jail for 10 days, stirring a national debate in a case in which Williams-Bolar could possibly lose her job and her residence in public housing as a result of the felony conviction.

“The parole board reached out to us and asked that we complete the paperwork as soon as possible,” attorney David Singleton told “We hope to get the first paperwork in by Monday. But there is much more to do. We want to make the best case possible for a full pardon.”

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