Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Lawyer: Pro-Trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence

Lawyer: Pro-Trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence

Ortega was born in Mexico and brought illegally to the a baby before she became a. "Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is essential to preserving our democracy", he responds.

President Trump has made baseless claims that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because 3 to 5 million people illegally voted for her. Defense attorney Clark Bidsall said his client's case has been politicized and now Ortega has a hard road ahead even after her sentence. "So it's not fair", Rosa's uncle, Felipe Ortega said.

"She doesn't know. She's got this [green] card that says "resident" on it, so she doesn't mark that she's not a citizen", Birdsall said.

Ortega spent nearly her entire life in the USA and believed herself to be a citizen - and now she's going to pay dearly for her minor mistake. Ortega had no ulterior motive, she didn't know she wasn't supposed to vote, she thought she was performing her civic duty.

"She wasn't trying to topple the country", Ortega's lawyer, Clark Birdsall, told the Times.

As reported by the New York Times, Ortega's lawyer backed her claim and pointed to what he views as inconsistencies in the law. When her application was rejected in March 2015, the trial showed, she called election officials and told them that she had previously voted in Dallas County without difficulty.

According to Birdsall, Ortega voted five times in Texas since 2004, including casting a ballot for her own prosecutor in a 2014 Republican primary runoff.

According to research carried out by PoliticFact in 2015, there have been 85 prosecutions in Texas for voter fraud since 2002, accounting for just 0.000001% of the 72m votes cast in the state between 2000 and 2014. Paxton would go on to win and, less than three years later, deal the eight-year sentence to Ortega.

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Now, she faces eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas.

Birdsall claimed he and Paxton had an agreement where he'd dismiss the felonies in exchange for Ortega accompanying him to the state legislature and speaking in favor of changing voting procedures, but the resolution was killed.

Sam Jordan, a spokeswoman for Wilson, said the decision to prosecute had "absolutely nothing" to do with immigration.

Ortega's punishment appeared to be unusually harsh because previous fraud cases that merited jail time usually involved people who intentionally tried to change an election's outcome, the Times noted.

The head of a public interest group says voter fraud is America's dirty little secret.

"It was the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the jury box", Birdsall said.

Prior to her conviction, Ortega was a registered Republican. "The timing of this was the flawless storm". "Does [Wilson] consider voter rights important?" A strict voter identity law that Texas passed was struck down by a federal court previous year, which found that it discriminated against black and Latino people who could not get the required documentation.

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