A broker’s assistant who was caught up in a securities fraud case has had her conviction vacated by a judge who questioned the fairness of saddling her with a felony record while some of her ex-coworkers who had more prominent roles in the alleged scam were “now conviction free.”

Taking the unusual step of granting a writ of error coram nobis, Eastern District Judge I. Leo Glasser (See Profile) overturned Irene Santiago’s conviction for conspiracy to obstruct justice. In doing so, he objected to the fact that Santiago remained a felon while her former superiors— the case’s principal targets—were now “free to vote, to serve on a jury, to honestly say that they are not felons in making application for employment.”

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