And they overturned Kentucky’s Supreme Court to do so!
Meet Jose Padilla. The other one. Maybe it’s the name that brings it out, but he’s a bad apple. Caught in Kentucky with a truck stuffed full of marijuana. His lawyer advised him to plead guilty (he was caught red handed) and so he did, and got what was coming to him.
Here’s where it gets fun. Jose is not an American, but a Honduran. Naturally, transporting a giant load of drugs around the country was an offence that was going to get him deported. But the left couldn’t stand that. Aided by 5 justices on the court who held a broad opinion (and to give out fair criticism, both Alito and Roberts concurred but with a narrower holding.) What does this do for existing cases?
Well if you’re here as an immigrant now and get arrested, if your lawyer does not go into detail about the possible effects on your immigrations status, the Supreme Court decided you get another chance at convincing one of those 12 people on the jury that you decide to let you go. To be fair to Alito and Roberts, their narrow holding only applies if you ask your lawyer and they give you an answer that is manifestly false, but the other 5 justices who wrote the majority opinion go even farther, to the absurd standard mentioned before.
Yet another ‘right’ we’re giving those taking over our country, most of them illegally.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down an opinion that could affect the criminal and immigration proceedings of tens of thousands of immigrant defendants, holding that the Sixth Amendment requires criminal defense attorneys to advise their immigrant clients of the possible deportation consequences of a guilty plea. In overturning a contrary decision by the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the Court has potentially paved the way for significant changes in the way criminal trials for immigrant defendants are handled.