Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Briefs in Padilla v. Kentucky

We previously announced that the Supreme Court granted cert today in Padilla v. Commonwealth of Kentucky. The issue in the case is whether the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of effective assistance of counsel requires a criminal defense attorney to advise a noncitizen client that pleading guilty to an aggravated felony will trigger mandatory, automatic deportation, and if misadvice about deportation can that misadvice amount to ineffective assistance of counsel. For analysis and briefs, click the links.


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