Pinoy who pointed laser at cop spared from deportation for now

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Immigration officials improperly cited “crime of moral turpitude” in ordering the deportation of a Filipino who pointed a laser at a police officer, the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday.

John Coquico, a Filipino citizen in San Francisco who has been a permanent resident of the US for some time, was convicted of second degree robbery in California in 2007 and of pointing a laser at a peace officer.

Immigration officials placed Coquico in removal proceedings citing his two convictions constituted two “crimes of moral turpitude” or crimes that involve conduct that is reprehensible and deliberate.

But the judges ruled that pointing a laser is not categorically a crime involving “moral turpitude” and a petition for review of Coquico’s case was granted.


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