Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Effect of Padilla v. Kentucky

Dean Kevin Johnson posted the great news on the Padilla v. Kentucky decision earlier. Depending on the jurisdiction, we know that 80 to 90 percent of criminal convictions result from plea bargains. This could mean that significant number "deportable" criminal aliens may have a basis for challenging their underlying convictions, and this may result in the slow down of DHS's removal efforts. We need some quantitative work on this to know for sure.


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