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CA5 on ineffective assistance, derivative citizenship: USA v. Juarez

"The defendant-appellant (Juarez) appeals the district court’s decision on his ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Juarez’s counsel failed to independently research and investigate the derivative citizenship defense. Citizenship is a defense to the alienage element of both crimes...

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...