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.

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.