Gavan told a court on Tuesday that she took desperate measures to get her son, Clayton, now 19, clean. She slept next to him as he shook and sweated through withdrawals. She enrolled him in a new school to keep him away from a bad crowd. She sent him off to live with relatives and even took him to work with her.
But a jury decided she went too far when she struck the 22-year-old man who helped supply heroin to her son with a baseball bat.Technically she broke the law, so this isn't a case of miscarried justice. Still had I been on the jury, I don't know that I would have voted to convict. I do know that had I been the prosecuting attorney I would have found a case more worthy of my time and taxpayer resources to prosecute.