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Court narrows scope of previous immigration ruling

Source : AP
Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 15:30 hrs

The Supreme Court says there can be no retroactive application of its ruling that lawyers have to tell their clients if pleading guilty to a crime could cause their deportation.

The high court's 7-2 ruling came Wednesday in the case of Roselva Chaidez.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that immigrants have a constitutional right to be told by their lawyers whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation. Chaidez had already been convicted for mail fraud and was in a deportation proceeding. She then asked the courts to allow her to take advantage of the new ruling.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the 2010 ruling was a new rule, so it doesn't apply to convictions that came before. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.




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