Change of plea

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, News

After three visits to the Sparta Municipal Court, Clem finally received some great news. His initial plea of guilty, the key component of the infraction that began this whole saga, was changed to not guilty. Eventually, this allowed him to plead down to possession of paraphernalia, and under the current Homeland Security guidelines, this is not a deportable offense. So, while it is impossible to undue the great strain the prior legal machinations have placed upon Clem and his family, he can now remain confident that the proceedings will not be replicated in the future.

In other news, Clem was hoping to become a US citizen on June 1st. With his court hearing originally scheduled for March and then May, the time line for his citizenship initially seemed possible. Unfortunately, he was forced to wait for Homeland Security to clear him legally. It is late June, and he has only now been before the court. Obviously, his desire to become a citizen will have to wait for a date in the future.