ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has revoked a deportation
order for a woman who pleaded no contest to taking a pair of shoes
from a store in Florida, then was presumed by immigration officials
to have committed a crime of moral turpitude.
A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the Board of Immigration Appeals made a mistake
"in going beyond the record of conviction" of Kristina Zorba
Remon. The panel returned the case to the BIA for further review.
Remon's lawyer, Tania Galloni of the Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami, said Remon pleaded no contest to general theft. Galloni says that charge covers both an intentional or unintentional taking, but immigration officials interpreted it as intentional, a crime of moral turpitude.
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