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DOS on Pardons From Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Posted on 16 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2022 Treatment of Full and Unconditional Pardons From the Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles under 22 C.F.R. § 40.21(a)(5) and 22 C.F.R. § 40.22(c) Last Updated: August 12, 2022 "The... Read More

CA1 on Pardons: Thompson v. Barr
Posted on 22 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Thompson v. Barr "Petitioner Richard Marvin Thompson ("Thompson") appeals the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") denial of his motion to reopen sua sponte his immigration proceedings, alleging that the BIA committed a... Read More

CA1 on Aggravated Felony: Whyte v. Lynch
Posted on 10 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Whyte v. Lynch, Dec. 9, 2015 - "Because Whyte was convicted in 1999 of third-degree assault under a Connecticut statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a–61(a)(1), the Board of Immigrations Appeals ("BIA") ordered his removal, reasoning... Read More

Conn. Sup. Ct. - Deportee Can't Cite Padilla To Nix '07 Plea: Thiersaint v. Comm.
Posted on 7 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Connecticut Supreme Court refused Monday to toss the drug conviction of a man facing deportation to Haiti, rejecting his request to retroactively apply a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that requires lawyers to warn clients of the immigration... Read More

CA1 on Agg. Fel., Crime of Violence: Villanueva v. Holder
Posted on 27 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This is a petition for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) determination that petitioner Fredy Villanueva is ineligible for consideration for discretionary relief from removal under a special program. The BIA's result depends on an... Read More

CA2 on CIMT, Mens Rea: Efstathiadis v. Holder
Posted on 22 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Under federal immigration law, Efstathiadis’ removal turns on whether the crime he was convicted of—C.G.S. § 53a‐73a(a)(2)—is a CIMT. The answer to that question, in turn, implicates the level of mens rea applicable to C.G... Read More

Settlement of Detainers Lawsuit in Connecticut: Brizuela v. Feliciano
Posted on 20 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Feb. 19, 2013, Muneer I. Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School wrote: "Students in our Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic announced a settlement in Brizuela v. Feliciano , a suit filed in federal court last year challenging... Read More

Connecticut First to Protect Immigrants from Federal Deportation Policy
Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Connecticut is poised to become the first state to limit its participation in the federal Secure Communities program, a controversial immigration policy that turns local police against communities they serve. But it is too late for one New Haven... Read More

FBI arrests 4 Conn. police; racial profiling against Latinos charged
Posted on 25 Jan 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The FBI arrested four police officers just before dawn Tuesday morning, alleging a conspiracy that one official called “a cancerous cadre” of “bullies with badges” to deprive some residents, particularly Latinos, of... Read More