In this photo taken April 28, 2011, Jessica Colotl, an illegal immigrant and student at Kennesaw State University, is seen during a media interview at her lawyer's office in Atlanta. Colotl was arrested last year after a traffic stop and threatened with deportation only to have her case deferred for a year to allow her to finish her coursework. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Maria Praeli, a native of Peru, third from left, reacts as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, signs a ceremonial bill to expand educational access as family and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, third from right, look on, in New Haven, Conn., Thursday, July 7, 2011. As an undocumented immigrant, Praeli can qualify for in-state at Connecticut's public universities under a new state law. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)AP2011
MARIETTA, Ga. - A judge has reopened a criminal case against an undocumented college student in Georgia who was nearly deported after being charged with traffic violations and arrested.
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley on Friday asked prosecutors to meet with the sheriff to determine whether a pretrial diversion program is appropriate for Jessica Colotl. Immigration authorities have deferred action on her case.
Colotl faces charges of felony false swearing after prosecutors say she lied to sheriff's deputies about her address following her March 2010 arrest. Staley last month allowed Colotl to enter the pretrial program that would have allowed Colotl to avoid a criminal conviction.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Staley vacated her order to dead-docket the case after reading that the sheriff didn't approve of the decision.
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