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Maricopa County, Arizona, officials claimed Briseria Torres was an illegal alien and charged her with three counts of forgery for falsely obtaining a driver's license.

Maricopa County, Arizona, officials claimed Briseria Torres was an illegal alien and charged her with three counts of forgery for falsely obtaining a driver's license. She spent four and a half months in jail and lost her house because she couldn't make payments. Torres was finally freed and the charges against her dropped after her attorneys presented a judge with a birth certificate showing she was born in the United States. Prosecutors knew about the birth certificate but allowed an Arizona Department of Transportation detective to tell a grand jury that it had been falsely created and that the state had canceled it. Neither assertion was true.

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Title Annotation:Brickbats
Author:Oliver, Charles
Publication:Reason
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U8AZ
Date:Nov 16, 2012
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