On March 30th, 2012, 17 year old Monica Knight of Halifax drove herself and three friends to Silver Lake High School in a red BMW. She crashed head-on with a school bus and the passengers sustained injuries. One of them, Eva Lipton, remains in serious condition a year later. Police charged Knight with several violations.
In January, her attorney, Edward Sharkansy, withdrew. In subsequent court appearances, Judge Rosemary Minehan ordered Knight to retain an attorney, but she still has not. Last Friday, March 29th, Judge Fran Marini revoked Knight’s bail and sent her to the women’s prison in Framingham. She still had no attorney and had violated conditions of her probation by failing a drug test.
Knight, now 18, was taken to court in handcuffs for a bail hearing this Friday. She still had no representation by counsel, and the court asked attorney of the day Christopher Sheehan to represent Knight for the bail hearing only.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Gredaitus asked Judge Brian Gilligan to keep Knight in custody and Sheehan asked Gilligan to release Knight so she could finish her senior year of high school and appoint an attorney.
Gilligan agreed to the release on conditions that Knight observe a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, submit to random drug testing and travel only to and from home and her job. To assure that last condition she was again fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet.
Gilligan angrily denied the request for a court-appointed attorney, saying Knight’s family could easily afford to pay for counsel. He asked Knight if she enjoyed her week in prison. She shook her head. He said if she violates any of the conditions of her probation or fails to appear at her next court date, April 18th, without an attorney she will find herself in Framingham for an extended stay.
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