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Immigrants take guilty pleas without lawyers and can later be deported
Washington Post ^ | January 27,2013 | Jeremy Borden,

Posted on 01/28/2013 8:24:32 AM PST by moonshinner_09

Luis Bladilir Lopez would have needed a sharp defense lawyer to explain what could happen as the result of pleading guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge last year in Prince William County.

But Lopez, then 19, was never appointed a lawyer, according to court records. In the end, the consequences were far more serious than he probably could have imagined.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigration; va; weed
I am not following the logic but Advocates ask,“Where do they get off trying to get an uncounseled criminal defendant to plead guilty before they get a lawyer?” asked Victor M. Glasberg, an Alexandria civil rights lawyer who raised the issue with the Virginia Supreme Court. “It’s knowingly aimed at the Latino community, and it is part of Prince William’s ethnic cleansing program. [Judges] know the law.”.. I guess it was the Latino community,who knowingly provided the drugs,and thinks the defendant, should be held above the laws.At some point illegals need to realize yes the laws also apply to them.
1 posted on 01/28/2013 8:24:36 AM PST by moonshinner_09
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“.At some point illegals need to realize yes the laws also apply to them.”

Oh, moonshinner, the laws DO NOT apply to illegals, and they know it.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 8:29:51 AM PST by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert (D) had automatically waived all jail time for misdemeanor marijuana possession and a host of other charges. That made it possible for the General District Court judge in Lopez’s case to negotiate a guilty plea without appointing a lawyer: All Lopez had to do was pay a $186 fine and forfeit his driver’s license for six months.

The Catch-22: Under federal law, illegal immigrants convicted of drug offenses are more likely to be deported, which is something defense lawyers are now required to explain. But Lopez didn’t have a lawyer, according to court records.

Advocates contend that prosecutors and judges in Virginia are essentially setting deportation traps for illegal immigrants

Waiving jail time for ALL misdemeanor defendants is "setting deportation traps for illegal immigrants"? Ah, the liberal 'mind' at 'work.'

3 posted on 01/28/2013 11:09:46 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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