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CA5: Padilla Not Retroactive - U.S. v. Amer

"[W]e join the Seventh and Tenth Circuits in holding that Padilla announced a “new” rule within the meaning of Teague. ... [W]e hold that the rule announced in Padilla is “new” within the meaning of Teague, and accordingly, it does not apply retroactively and may not serve...

CA5 on Padilla: U.S. v. Urias-Marrufo

"Defendant Ana Victoria Urias-Marrufo (“Urias”) appeals from the district court’s denial of her motion to withdraw her guilty plea. Following that denial, the district court entered a final judgment of conviction and sentenced her to imprisonment of 37 months. We vacate and remand...

CA5 on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: USA v. Batamula

"Innocent Rutahagara Batamula, a citizen of Tanzania, after entering the United States on a student visa, marrying a United States citizen, and applying for a change in his immigration status, pleaded guilty pursuant to a written plea agreement to one count of making a false statement to a federal...

An End-Run Around Padilla? Batamula II (CA5, En Banc)

U.S. v. Batamula (Batamula II, en banc,) May 3, 2016 - "Batamula failed to allege facts or adduce evidence showing that the outcome of the plea process would have been different with competent advice. The record conclusively established that he was deportable before his guilty plea, and he remained...