“He’s dealing with the potential for a particularly harsh sentence,” he stated. “Second-degree felonies are usually reserved for aggravated assault, and to use it to Mr. Rogers’s case, it simply exhibits how unjust that’s.”
Texas’ lawyer common, Ken Paxton, who’s beneath investigation for skilled misconduct after he challenged President Biden’s win in courtroom, introduced the fees towards Mr. Rogers. He has made it a mission of his workplace to prosecute voter-fraud instances, that are very uncommon in the US and are usually minor errors after they do occur.
“Hervis is a felon rightly barred from voting beneath TX legislation,” Mr. Paxton wrote on Twitter. “I prosecute voter fraud in all places we discover it!”
Republicans in Texas and different battleground states have been pushing aggressively to limit voting legal guidelines since former President Donald J. Trump started making false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. On Thursday, Republicans within the Texas Legislature introduced plans to overtake the state’s election equipment for a second time this 12 months. They outlined a raft of proposed new restrictions on voting entry that might be among the many most far-reaching election legal guidelines handed this 12 months.
For some, Mr. Rogers’s case evoked one other latest prosecution within the state.
In 2017, Crystal Mason was sentenced to 5 years in jail for casting a provisional poll within the 2016 presidential election whereas she was on supervised launch for a federal tax fraud felony. Her provisional poll was not counted, and her case is pending earlier than Texas’ highest felony appellate courtroom after Ms. Mason filed for an attraction.
After she was convicted, Ms. Mason served 10 months in federal jail for violating her supervised launch, however she has remained free on a $20,000 bond in her voting case, as she pursues her attraction in state courtroom, her lawyer, Alison Grinter, stated. If Ms. Mason loses her attraction, she must start serving her five-year sentence, Ms. Grinter stated.
Mr. Rogers and Ms. Mason could meet within the coming weeks, Ms. Grinter stated.
“They share a bond that neither of them needed at this level,” Ms. Grinter stated. “She actually feels for him, and is aware of what it feels prefer to be made political sport of like this.”
On Friday, Ms. Mason expressed assist for Mr. Rogers.
“I want this had by no means occurred to you,” Ms. Mason wrote on Twitter. “I’m sorry that you just’re going although this. Welcome to the combat.”
Michael Levenson contributed reporting.