Alex Timofeev came to the United States with his parents, from Russia, when he was fourteen, in the early '90's. He had a small problem with the law when he was a teenager, back in 1995. It had to do with marijuana.

Alex entered a plea of "no contest" -- as most public defenders suggest (or coerce) defendants to do.

He paid his debt to society without any problems. He worked every day at his job while he was incarcerated. His first daughter, Sasha, was born in 1997. Sasha's mom was an American citizen. She and Alex were legally married for several years.

Nevertheless, for some reason, Alex could not obtain his green card. They tried driving from Madison to Milwaukee several times, but the federal government never helped them.

Alex has worked as a chef at a country club for many years. He is a valued and respected employee there. Alex had another daughter by a different relationship when the marriage to Sasha's mom ended. He pays child support regularly. In addition, the daughters visit him regularly, sometimes together. The daughters both love him very much. He is an excellent father, a very hard worker, and a credit to his community and to the United States of America.

When he was still a teen, he even bought some fuzzy dice to hang from the rear-view mirror of his car, because he "wanted to be as American as possible".

A few months ago, jackbooted thugs from the U.S. government came into his apartment, handcuffed him, and took him to the Dodge Detention Center in Juneau, Wisconsin, to await deportation back to Russia.

Apparently the problem was this "no contest" form that Alex had signed almost twenty years ago. I don't know all the details, but there's "small print" indicating that signing the "no contest" form means there could be consequences with the INS.

Alex spent several weeks at the Dodge Detention Center. His mom and dad hired an attorney. The attorney made arrangements to request the court to withdraw the original conviction, based on the fact that the public defender did not warn Alex of the "small print" at the time. Fortunately, another, similar case had been decided recently regarding this issue. The Dane County district attorney's office was unprepared at the first hearing, so Alex's mom, dad and attorney had to drive back to Sheboygan with no resolution.

Alex's dad has lost both of his legs due to complications of diabetes. They have already paid the attorney more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

His attorney showed the court letters from his family, all attesting to his honesty, generosity, hard work, kindness, and fine character. The country club kept the job open for him the whole time he was incarcerated at the Dodge Detention Center --- even though they had no idea how long it would take.

There were about thirty people at the hearing. A guy from the country club was crying. Alex's brother in-law, who was a little guy when Alex used to babysit him, was also crying. Both daughters were there, along with their moms.

Fortunately, all went well. The circuit court in Dane County dismissed all charges against Alex --- therefore, rendering the "small print" moot. Therefore, ensuring that he would not be deported back to Russia and not have to continue staying at the Dodge Detention Center.

He was free to go back to seeing his daughters, and working at the country club where he was so popular and well-loved. Maybe someday repaying his parents for the attorney fees.

A few weeks ago, the Wisconsin Attorney General's office filed a Notice of Appeal with the Court of Appeals, asking the appellate court to overturn the circuit court's decision . . .

 . . .therefore, starting the entire process over again, exposing Alex to the possible danger of exportation again.

All because of a little pot when he was a kid.

Please ask the Wisconsin Attorney General's office to abandon this appeal. It is simply unjust, unfair, and immoral, and yes --- un-American. It exposes two American girls to the very real, and very scary, possibility of losing their father. It wastes money that the state and the county desperately need right now.

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