A. PARDON APPLICATION OF ALAIN ATA
I voted to grant a hearing to Mr. Ata thinking he would establish the truthfulness of his claim that his crime was a youthful indiscretion, that he had served his punishment and did not deserve to be deported. What Mr. Ata showed at his hearing was something quite different. Mr. Ata showed himself to be a manipulative, domestically violent person who has continued to recidivate. Although I asked in advance, he did not provide independent evidence of his deportation that has been threatened since about 2008.