Birdsall says a state district judge this week granted his request for an appeal bond.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Ortega’s immigration detainer was cancelled Thursday. The agency says it removes detainers during an appeal in some cases.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A lawyer for a Mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in Texas says she’s been released as her appeal is pending.
Attorney Clark Birdsall said 37-year-old Rosa Maria Ortega was released Thursday after posting a more than $11,000 bond. Ortega was convicted in Fort Worth last month on two felony counts of illegal voting.
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This undated photo provided by Tarrant County, Texas office shows Rosa Maria Ortega. (Tarrant County, Texas via AP, File)
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Birdsall has said Ortega is a permanent resident and mistakenly thought her green card allowed her to vote. Ortega is accused of improperly casting a ballot five times between 2005 and 2014.