FORT WORTH, Texas – A woman in Texas was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election after she was released for tax fraud
At the 2016 election, Crystal Mason already had spent nearly three years in prison for her conviction for fraud, but had not yet completed her sentence and still served a three-year monitoring period after the Fort Worth Star telegram.
Convicted felons lose their voting rights in Texas until the completion of their entire prison sentences, including probation and probation.
However, Mason allegedly informed the court that she did not know this ban and was not informed that she could not vote until her sentence was pronounced
"She was in good faith," Mason's defense attorney J. Warren said St. John in an interview. "I do not think she should go to jail for it." Her lawyer has already filed an appeal. "I think Texas laws are extreme in terms of condemning people to jail for voting violations," he said.
Mason signs a sworn statement to hold a preliminary vote stating that it will be a violation of the law if you are a convicted criminal, but Mason has not seen this part of the ballot, said Saint John
"Ms. Mason was never asked if she was convicted by the judge or if she was a convicted criminal," her lawyer said. "Ms. Mason made a good faith vote that she could vote legally because she was not informed by any government agency that she would vote against the law."
The prosecutors argued that Mason either wanted to vote illegally or had known Must Have Voters According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram
"There were several safeguards to protect Crystal Mason from breaking the law, but she still made that decision," said Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson
"She signed and confirmed a document that clearly stated that (1) she was not allowed to vote because of her status as a convicted felon who still served her oversight and (2) she would commit a second degree crime if she had lied about her status. " Wilson said. "The judge found her guilty of illegal voting behavior."
The Star telegram reported at the time of her indictment that Mason believed she would be targeted – which she said for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump regularly said that the election against him " was manipulated, and after winning the presidential election, he argued without proof that massive electoral fraud cost him the referendum.