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Judge’s Improper Comments Were ‘Plain Error’

The 4th Circuit vacates the immigration fraud conviction of an Algerian native who entered the U.S. through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, because the district judge’s “persistent and repeated” improper comments on the Program and its participants, all to the ...

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First-Offender Drug Plea Was ‘Conviction’

Petitioner’s 2005 criminal proceedings under a first-offender statute for cocaine possession, Va. Code § 18.2-251, constituted a “conviction” as defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(48)(A), making petitioner, a Mexican citizen, ineligible for cancellation of removal; the 4th Circuit denies his ...

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