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Judge's decision to help illegal immigrant reversed

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty’s decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a woman from Mexico living illegally in Barton County.
A jury found Melissa Valles guilty of illegally using the Social Security number of a Colorado resident to obtain employment at Red Barn and McDonald’s in 2013 and 2014. However, the judge granted a motion to arrest judgment, essentially ruling that the court did not have jurisdiction over the case, in 2015.


The Barton County Attorney’s office appealed that decision, and the Court of Appeals agreed ...


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