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The Nation

A federal appeals court in New Orleans threw out the conviction of Stacey Lynn Merkt, a religious worker who was arrested while driving two illegal aliens from El Salvador down a remote country road in Texas. A three-judge panel sent the case back to federal court in Texas for a new trial on charges of conspiracy and transporting illegal aliens. Merkt, 30, argued that she was merely taking the aliens to an immigration office to apply for political asylum.


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