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Habeas granted on Padilla claim (access required)

Citing Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed habeas relief from a drug paraphernalia conviction that led to the petitioner’s detention by immigration officials after he served his state sentence. Marlon Borja Barrera initially was charged with marijuana possession, but said he took his lawyer’s advice to plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. ...

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