Decision on informing clients of deportation risks is not retroactive, court rules

, The National Law Journal


A 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring criminal defense attorneys to inform noncitizen clients of the deportation risks of guilty pleas is not retroactive, the justices held on Wednesday.

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  • Reyna Estevez

    This is particularly true in a case such as this one, which would have potentially voided the convictions of thousands of aliens who pled guilty to avoid a longer sentence." of course, inocent convicted people are in a position where the judges excute his power and make presure on them, the convicted, have no much alternative but to accept less time eventhough in many of these cases convicted are innocents. it was my brother case. I saw the transcrip of his case. No objections from his part, all questions were answer with a "yes". The combination of a judge who might want to finish this case quick and toghter with a mediocre, low profile lawyer and because also my brother mentality send him to jail. "to avoid to spend more time in jail." Do you think this is the right way to work on convicted people?. what I see here is lasy people in court, that the only thing they want is to finish quick the case.
    Do you know how frustrated is for an innocent person that has no power to defense him'/herself. Sending people to jail without knowing the true or the real facts is very easy. I urge the lawmakers to change the way judges work in court. The way they jump to conclution with the easy way " I will give you less time in jail if you confess and say yes, whether or not you're commited. Huge broken family because of supreme court, lawyers and lawmakers malpractice. thank you for reading this.

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