In March, the Supreme Court ruled that federally funded public housing authorities could evict tenants for any drug violation of a renter, family member, or guest -- no matter how minor and no matter whether the offense occurred on or off the property ( That ruling has begun to bear fruit, and strange fruit it is.

Among the first victims of the Supreme Court ruling is Marisa Perez, 34, mother of three, employee at a Santa Clara, CA, software firm and resident in the federally subsidized Elena Gardens Apartments in North San Jose. She won't be a resident long. Her 17-year-old son was arrested outside the apartment with a marijuana pipe last month. The apartment managers responded by serving her an eviction notice. She was supposed to be out on Monday, but told the San Jose Mercury News she would stay and fight for her home in court. Her $700 a month rent would soar to $2,000 in non-subsidized housing, she said.

Not that Perez was a negligent parent. She had called police on two occasions last year to turn her son in to a drug treatment program which he was supposed to be attending. He had gotten into trouble with the law for burning a horse trailer, did eight months at a youth camp, but then kept running afoul of authorities with repeated positive drug tests for marijuana. Fed up with his behavior, she had kicked him out of the house months earlier, but he would sneak back to the apartment during the day. On May 2, police arrested him on a probation violation warrant, then found the pipe. The eviction letter arrived May 10.

Ironically, young Perez must serve a 90-day house arrest sentence for the marijuana pipe -- at his mother's apartment. His mother said she is making him spend his days calling landlords to inquire about available apartments.

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