Illegal immigrant applies for law license in Florida
FL Supreme Court hears case
- Duration 5:08
- Date Oct 2, 2012
FL Supreme Court hears case
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Right now before Florida's Supreme Court to case that could have a far reaching impact well beyond the sunshine state at issue.
Whether this man a law school grad who passed the bar exam can be granted a law license despite being an illegal immigrant now.
Least we'll joins us at Fox News legal and analyst Esther panics joins us a criminal defense attorney could see book please let me start the year I mean.
This -- -- terrific -- right -- -- man but he came as a nine year old legally with his parents they overstayed her -- forever.
Right so -- illegal but he was in Eagles out he was such a great student he was actually high school valedictorian goes to law school passes the bar.
How is making him a lawyer allowing him to be a lawyer somehow undermine the justice system.
Well I don't take away anything from what he did it I believe you I -- eagle scout and all that but there's this little thing that happens it happens every state I'm just looking at one right now because time student of mine.
It definitely a sign off on this just today you have to sign off on good moral character now California Nile region of Florida law as well.
In California and includes qualities honesty.
Fairness candor and trustworthiness.
And observance of fiduciary responsibility respect for an obedience of -- laws if you're here illegally.
I have a problem with fitting you end of that good moral character and the same and in Florida you have -- You have disqualifying conduct not just if -- unlawfully here that's one big thing fraud deceit or misrepresent.
Haitian again what -- put it up on the screen -- looked it up it is on the rule in Florida this is part of the rule what does that three dash eleven.
And it basically says -- a record manifesting lack of honesty trustworthy and diligence will rely heavily.
And go to the big print down below others see it unlawful conduct well -- -- unlawful conduct.
Acts involving dishonesty.
Fraud and deceit and abuse of the legal process isn't that exactly.
With -- would be lawyer did.
Now it's absolutely nothing about what he did he really going straight to bring the law in his.
He did not break a lot of good CVB here illegally that's a violent well that's bringing a little -- is -- did not.
Heat did not commit the crime you are now trying to -- The that this is -- splatter onto the son he was nine years old when he got easy no and I can't line -- -- yeah it is nevertheless -- run.
God grant there are -- me hands who can become the lawyers in the state of Florida.
I am a member of the state of Florida bar I'm not a misdemeanor and I have no criminal record that I wouldn't welcome someone like Ken and smarter recognizes that it needs diversity which is why they didn't deny him an application.
And in fact there was nothing disqualify him for its good moral character and that and thought maybe they -- it point no not.
No this is not -- it's great he had hitting anything he's been straight power the entire time he's one of the they requirements in Florida is honesty.
I think that's what you apply they tell you we would rather know something back right and get it and the way -- -- -- I think at least I.
-- make an argument that when he became an adult any new Wii -- is breaking off I've been here illegally record of Ghana Mexico.
Could -- could -- it kind of accidentally could have come back here and tried to get US citizenship the right way the legal way and that I would have no problem with this.
The problem -- with we do.
You know all -- all lawyer jokes aside we do really try to hold our lawyers to go a little bit of -- high regard in this country that you are abiding by the law that you are are gonna Obey the law because.
If -- -- -- is coming to me and I'm looking at a lawyer who's broken the law.
Woman is -- kind of a double standard.
Here's the thing -- the president signs the executive order essentially granting deferred action which means a guy like this.
Can't be deported he applied for a work permit.
But -- that's only a temporary work permit a license to practice is permanent.
-- is a big difference.
Now that license to practice it's a privilege it's not a right it can be taken away from you at any point if you violate or continue to violate the law.
I would say -- and -- I think you all are over stepping in saying that.
That you have to be a perfect human being ignored no lawyer classes -- -- out he may bike bike in Florida you can he has.
Full LTD could have problems in your past and still be a qualified I don't know look at how it looks like I have a problem of people not being perfect government problems and their past but being a criminal going into the -- -- before you even love to have that opportunity of getting that wildlife and that's where I think it's a match.
-- -- -- -- -- I'm having a lot of lawyers from the from the process well a lot of good people and by the way even valedictorian -- he said I don't and he was out grab all that's how great he is -- the American children and he should be applauded and not hunt.
-- managed -- will great seat -- thank you Jenna.