Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Chow Train's Joan Cheever Rejects Plea Bargain, September Trial Scheduled

Posted By and on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 9:52 AM

click image Joan Cheever, of the Chow Train, turned down a plea bargain for the offense of feeding the hungry. - DAVID MARTIN DAVIES/TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
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  • Joan Cheever, of the Chow Train, turned down a plea bargain for the offense of feeding the hungry.
The City of San Antonio wants Joan Cheever to go quietly.

But she won't.

Cheever, who runs the nonprofit food truck the Chow Train, turned down a plea bargain for deferred adjudication in Municipal Court #7 this morning.

She was cited in April for transporting and serving meals from a vehicle other than her food truck in Maverick Park. She's facing a $2,000 fine.

Cheever has served hot and healthy restaurant quality meals to the homeless for years, as well as volunteering in disaster areas like she did during the May floods

A jury trial is set for September 23.

Stephanie Stevens, Cheever's lawyer, told the San Antonio Current that most people probably would side with her client instead of the city.

"I think there are a lot of people who will say this isn't what we should be doing to people," Stevens said. "We shouldn't be hauling them into court because they are trying to feed the homeless."

Cheever said when she heard about the deal, she thought "nice try, but you did enough on April 7."

But she seemed more worried about preparing meals to serve later today than she was about the court hearing. 

Cheever's defense is based on religious liberty.

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