Kansas case highlights paradox in immigration-related cases

This photo provided by the Butler County Detention Center in El Dorado, Kan., shows Juan Lopez-Morales. Federal prosecutors are expected to ask a judge on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, to deny bond to the Mexican man jailed in Kansas for unlawful re-entry into the U.S., but not because they think he might flee: They fear he'll get deported before facing trial. Again. (Butler County Detention Center via AP)

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A Mexican man who was deported while on bail awaiting trial in Wichita for unlawful re-entry is not getting another chance for freedom during his latest legal troubles.

The defense attorney for Juan Lopez-Morales waived his rights Friday to a detention hearing, saying his client is now serving an 18-month sentence in a Texas illegal re-entry case. His attorney says even without that, it would have been difficult to get him bond again.

Prosecutors contend their case against Lopez-Morales highlights problems that arise when immigrants who are illegally living in the U.S. are granted bail in criminal cases.

After posting bond, Lopez-Morales was transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and removed because of an outstanding deportation order.

The 41-year-old was indicted in Kansas on illegal re-entry.

 

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