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Padilla v. Kentucky

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision written by Justice Stevens, held that a noncitizen could base an ineffective assistance of counsel claim on his attorney's alleged failure to inform him of the immigration consequences (possible removal) of a criminal conviction. Justices Roberts and Alito concurred in the judgment. Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented.

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