A few months ago I reported that Shahram "Sean" Sheikhan was facing deportation. Back in 1995 Sheikhan was convicted in Contra Costa County, California on charges of sexual battery and annoyance or molestation of a child. He spent 9 months in prison and was on probation for 5 years.
It looks as though Sean Sheikhan is safe for now because this past Thursday, Harry Gastley, a U.S. Immigrations Court Judge ruled that the Department of Homeland Security did not provide enough proof to decide if Sheikhan committed a deportable offense. When the Judge made his remarkable decision, all deportation proceedings were halted against Sheikhan, most likely allowing the poker player to breathe a sigh of relief.
The Department of Homeland Security has until December 17th to appeal the Judge's decision, so Sheikhan is not completely safe, but I would venture to say it's looking pretty good. One of the determining factor's in Gastley's decision was that the prosecution failed to provide the court with what Sheikhan was convicted of or whether it was a conviction from judges ruling, plea or trial by jury. The misdemeanor records are not kept for over ten years.
Sheikhan took 3rd place this year in the $5,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Event and has appeared on High Stakes Poker on NBC and plays regularly on High Stakes Poker. He is probably most known for his table banter with Mike Matusow at the WSOP.
Sean is 38 years old, immigrated to the United States when he was nine, is married to an American-born woman, and has a 9 year old child. He lives in Las Vegas and is a very successful pro poker player.
My fingers are crossed for you Sean!
*Editor's Note: All of us at PokerWorks are on your side Sean.*