June 16, 2009
U.S. Supreme Court Immigration Case on Criminal Issues in Removal/Deportation Proceedings
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that immigration judges can look at the underlying circumstances of a conviction, and not just the criminal statute the foreign national was convicted of. This opens up immigration court removal/deportation proceedings to a full-blown criminal trial within an immigration removal hearing.
A complex, but very important case. Also, an example of how a bad case makes bad case law.