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Alaska Ct. App. on Preemption: State v. Silvera

"This consolidated case raises the question of whether the statewide three-judge sentencing panel has the authority to impose a sentence below the presumptive range to lessen, or eliminate, the risk that a defendant will be deported. The State argues that federal law prohibits state courts from...

Smart Lawyering Moves Marine Veteran from Potential Deportee to U.S. Citizen Column

"A young man who grew up in Lake County [Cal.] and faced a deportation battle last year celebrated becoming a United States citizen on Friday. Carlos Solorzano took the oath of citizenship in US District Court in Anchorage, Alaska. Solorzano's immigration attorney, Margaret Stock, described...