San Diego Judge Erred By Banishing U.S. Teen

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Appellate justices say a San Diego judge shouldn't have banished a U.S. teenager to Mexico in a stolen car case.

The 17-year-old youth was arrested at the border last year for trying to drive a stolen car into the United States. He pleaded guilty to receiving a stolen vehicle.

uvenile Court Judge Francis Devaney ordered the teen returned to his grandparents in Mexico and barred him from returning while on probation.

The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that the judge went too far by unconstitutionally barring a U.S. citizen from the United States.
Information from: Daily Journal

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