He may face upward of 40 years in jail — 20 years for every cost, in keeping with Mr. Buser-Clancy, who added that Mr. Rogers’s previous felony file meant that the sentence could possibly be even greater.
“He’s going through the potential of an especially harsh sentence,” he mentioned. “Second-degree felonies are usually reserved for aggravated assault, and to use it to Mr. Rogers’s case, it simply reveals how unjust that’s.”
Texas’ legal professional common, Ken Paxton, who is under investigation for professional misconduct after he challenged President Biden’s win in court docket, introduced the fees towards Mr. Rogers. He has made it a mission of his workplace to prosecute voter-fraud circumstances, which are very rare in the United States and are typically minor errors after they do occur.
“Hervis is a felon rightly barred from voting below TX legislation,” Mr. Paxton wrote on Twitter. “I prosecute voter fraud all over the place we discover it!”
Republicans in Texas and different battleground states have been pushing aggressively to limit voting legal guidelines since former President Donald J. Trump started making false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. On Thursday, Republicans within the Texas Legislature introduced plans to overtake the state’s election equipment for a second time this 12 months. They outlined a raft of proposed new restrictions on voting entry that will be among the most far-reaching election laws passed this year.
For some, Mr. Rogers’s case evoked one other current prosecution within the state.
In 2017, Crystal Mason was sentenced to 5 years in jail for casting a provisional poll within the 2016 presidential election whereas she was on supervised launch for a federal tax fraud felony. Her provisional poll was not counted, and her case is pending earlier than Texas’ highest felony appellate court docket after Ms. Mason filed for an appeal.
After she was convicted, Ms. Mason served 10 months in federal jail for violating her supervised launch, however she has remained free on a $20,000 bond in her voting case, as she pursues her attraction in state court docket, her lawyer, Alison Grinter, mentioned. If Ms. Mason loses her attraction, she must start serving her five-year sentence, Ms. Grinter mentioned.