Immigration officials free more than 30 Haitians from detention

MIAMI

Haitians released from immigration detention

More than 30 Haitians who boarded U.S.-bound planes without paperwork in frenzied evacuations after the earthquake were freed from immigration detention centers Thursday after spending about two months behind bars, attorneys for the Haitians said.

Some of the Haitians said they boarded U.S. military planes because they were hungry or simply desperate to escape the epic humanitarian crisis.

U.S. immigration officials warned Haitians they might be detained if they entered the country illegally, yet the country also suspended deportations after the Jan. 12 quake.

DAYTONA BEACH

In court, ringing cell phone isn't contempt

A Florida appeals court has overturned a ruling in which a woman was held in contempt and her cell phone ordered destroyed after it rang in a courtroom.

The 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach concluded that, while annoying, 28-year-old Michelle McRoy's actions did not meet the necessary legal standards for contempt.

McRoy was in an Orange County Circuit courtroom when her phone began to ring loudly. McRoy admitted she hadn't checked to see that it was turned off after her sister used it outside the courtroom.

Associated Press

Immigration officials free more than 30 Haitians from detention 04/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 12:04am]

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