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After dealing with the not-so-innocent hairdresser, Judge Joan Zeldon faced a sad and innocent mother.
The mother, Felita Smith, had a son who pled guilty to dealing drugs near their subsidized housing unit. The dealing wasn’t out of her home. It wasn’t even on the premises. But it was close enough. And Smith’s son technically lived under her roof—-therefore, the crime was cause for eviction.
“If I could do it any other way, I would,” said Smith, “But my lease says I have to move, so I have to move.”
“This is very tough,” said Zeldon, after hearing Smith’s resigned tone. She ultimately held her line though: “This is part of D.C.’s effort to keep public housing drug-free.”