Category Archives: Corruption

Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Voting While on Probation. (Thank the Gods that I live in Maine, one of only two states where felons can vote.)

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In Texas, a judge sentenced a woman from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to five years in prison Wednesday on charges of illegally voting, after she cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. Crystal Mason, who’s African-American, said she cast a provisional ballot in good faith after she arrived at her usual polling place and was told her name was not on the rolls. Mason was on supervised release from a 2011 felony fraud conviction at the time, making her ineligible to vote under Texas state law. She was sentenced to five years in prison by state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez after she waived her right to a jury trial. According to the Sentencing Project, almost a half-million Texans were disenfranchised in 2016 due to felony convictions.

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Maine sheriff won’t detain inmates longer for immigration agents

PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County Jail will no longer hold inmates beyond their release date at the request of federal immigration agents, becoming the first facility in Maine to end the controversial practice.

The policy change comes as President Donald Trump’s administration has ramped up immigration arrests throughout New England and begun using aggressive enforcement tactics not previously seen in Maine.

In Sept. 14 letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s South Portland office, Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce wrote that his department would no longer honor the agency’s requests to hold people beyond their scheduled release dates.

These requests, known as detainers, place jails in precarious situations. Although frequently made by ICE, federal courts have ruled that the requests do not carry the force of law. And in several wrongful imprisonment suits, sheriffs have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars for honoring them.

Holding someone who could make bail just because ICE asked them to “could violate the individual’s Fourth Amendment right and we could ultimately be sued for false imprisonment,” Joyce said.

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