Navy Petty Officer Elisha Dawkins, 26, was charged with making a false statement on a U.S. passport form. Instead of going to Trial and possibly being convicted of a felony, he settled with federal prosecutors and was ordered to pay $1,600 — $40-a-day fees to 40 prospective jurors. This deal lets him stay in the United States for now and perhaps continue Navy service. Dawkins will have the opportunity to settle his citizenship question separately with U.S. immigration authorities. The U.S. government says he was born in the Bahamas, but his lawyer said he grew up in Miami believing he was an American citizen. Dawkins went on to serve honorably in both the U.S. Army and Navy. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/12/2310512/navy-photographer-settles.html#ixzz1S16t789j
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