Crystal Mason: Texas lady sentenced to 5 years over voting error acquitted

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Crystal Mason: Texas lady sentenced to 5 years over voting error acquitted

A Texas appeals court docket has thrown out a five-year jail sentence for Crystal Mason, a Texas lady who was sentenced for making an attempt to forged a provisional poll within the 2016 presidential election that was rejected.

Mason, now 49, tried to vote in Fort Price within the 2016 though she was ineligible as a result of she was nonetheless on supervised launch – which is like probation – for a tax felony. She has all the time maintained she had no concept she was ineligible and solely tried to forged a poll as a result of her mom urged her to.

A choose convicted her in a 2018 trial that lasted only a few hours.

Mason’s case turned well-known nationally and struck a chord for instance of an egregious punishment for a voting mistake.

In 2022, Texas’s highest legal court docket instructed a decrease appellate court docket it needed to rethink a ruling upholding Mason’s conviction. On Thursday, that court docket mentioned there was not ample proof Mason knew she was ineligible to vote.

“We conclude that the quantum of the proof offered on this case is inadequate to assist the conclusion that Mason truly realized that she voted figuring out that she was ineligible to take action and, due to this fact, inadequate to assist her conviction for unlawful voting,” Justice Wade Birdwell wrote for the court docket in its Thursday ruling.


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