mostlycloudy
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 1:43PM

Woman loses appeal in immigrant case

By The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of a woman convicted in Mississippi of harboring people suspected of being in the country illegally from China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Mexico.

Sheren Nguyen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012.

Prosecutors say Nguyen was transporting nine people in a Chevy Suburban when it was pulled over on Interstate 55 in Pike County on Dec. 15, 2010. Nguyen told authorities she is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Vietnam. She had a Houston, Texas, driver's license and was apparently headed for Atlanta with the people, prosecutors said.

In her appeal, Nguyen argued the traffic stop was illegal and the Mississippi court erred by refusing to suppress evidence derived from the traffic stop during which she was found to be transporting the illegal aliens.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Tuesday that the traffic stop was justified.

"Nguyen was weaving on the roadway, her license plate was partially obscured, and a computer check of the license plate indicated that there was no record of it. And the stop was reasonable in scope. Only 10 minutes passed between the initial stop and Nguyen's consent to search the car, and the computer checks and citation writing had not yet been completed," the panel said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Bradley Byrd had said in an affidavit that three of nine were male juveniles from Guatemala, Honduras and India.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 6 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 6 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 6 months ago )
Local/State News
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 6 months ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 6 months ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 6 months ago )
Politics
UNG appoints chief diversity advisor
President Bonita C. Jacobs has appointed Sheila Caldwell as advisor to the president on diversity at the University of North Georgia (UNG) to build on institutional diversity efforts.
1:25PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Former COO rejoins Lanier Islands management team
Former COO (Chief Operating Officer) Grier Todd has returned to Lanier Islands after an 18-month absence.
1:00PM ( 43 minutes ago )
Hawaiian, Alaska, Delta top rankings of on-time airlines
Here are the government's rankings of the leading airlines and their on-time performance for May. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.1. Hawai...
12:50PM ( 53 minutes ago )
US job openings stay high, but actual hiring falters in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind o...
12:46PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Hall Co. Commission to consider sign moratorium
It's a decision that didn't get nearly as much attention as Obamacare and same-sex marriage, but it's a Supreme Court decision that's having an impact on local governments, including Hall County.
7:00AM ( 6 hours ago )