Deportation leads to case’s odd outcome

Criminal case is dismissed after prosecution is deemed impossible.

A case unlike any other in Teton County was dismissed Tuesday morning after the defendant’s attorney told the court the United States government can’t have its cake and eat it, too.

After being arrested in October 2016 for having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend, Miguel Cortes Hernandez was ordered by a federal judge to “voluntarily self-deport” to Mexico.

Because he followed federal orders, Hernandez violated a Wyoming district judge’s order: failing to appear on the count of second-degree abuse of a minor.

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