The lawyers representing a Cuban immigrant and convicted felon who was mistakenly released from prison in 2008 say the Department of Homeland Security has filed another appeal against his release – an effort that came “within minutes” of a judge’s decision to grant him a $1,500 bond.

Rene Lima-Marin has been the subject of a deportation case that’s been in the national spotlight for years.

He came to the U.S. from Cuba as a child, and was sentenced to 98 years in prison back in 2000 for a pair of robberies he committed when he was a teenager. A clerical error led to his release in 2008.

In the ensuing years, Lima-Marin stayed out of trouble and started a family. But, in 2014, the court realized its mistake and told him he would have to return to prison.

He was released again only to be detained by ICE agents.

Earlier this year, a pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper cleared Lima-Marin, but the feds opted to rework their case into a firearms violation related to the original convictions.

This came three weeks after a judge opted to release Lima-Marin for good.

According to a news release from Aaron Elinoff, the attorney representing Lima-Marin, a judge granted his request to be released from ICE custody on a $1,500 bond, the minimum required by law.

While Lima-Marin’s wife was on her way to pay the bond, the DHS filed another appeal – “setting aside the release order and seeking administrative review,” the news release says.

Elincoff says this second appeal means Lima-Marin will need to seek a decision from a Federal District Court in order to be released.


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