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Immigration – Asylum – Untimely Petition – Ineffective Assistance Of Counsel

A citizen of Cameroon who seeks asylum out of a fear of political persecution gets no relief from the 4th Circuit for his lawyer’s failure to check his mail after a move and timely file a petition for review; the 4th Circuit declines to follow its sister circuits and holds, in a case of first impression, that an alien has no Fifth Amendment right to effective assistance of retained counsel in a removal proceeding.
Afwanwi v. Mukasey (USCA) (VLW 008-2-090) (16 pp.)