Criminal Justice

Crystal Mason’s contentious illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered, criminal appeals court says

Mason said she didn’t know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason’s intent.

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune
Crystal Mason in Fort Worth in 2019. She was convicted of voting illegally in the 2016 election, but her case has remained on appeal.

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