Early probation end denied for man seeking law license

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Posted: Jul 08, 2015 1:46 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man brought to the U.S. illegally as a child can't serve a shorter probation term for a misdemeanor conviction to allow him to be admitted to the New York bar.

Cesar Vargas, a native of Mexico, is trying to become one of the first immigrants illegally living in the U.S. to practice law.

But he was convicted of trespassing and sentenced to a year of probation after disrupting a speech by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during an event in January in Des Moines, Iowa.

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An Iowa judge on Wednesday denied Vargas' request to end his probation early even though he's completed all requirements. That could delay his chance becoming a lawyer because New York generally doesn't grant law licenses to people on probation.