Justices Give Immigrants In Drug Deportation Cases New Hope

Law360, New York (June 1, 2015, 9:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Tunisian man should not have been deported over a state-level conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, in a decision legal experts say could significantly help immigrants who have been convicted in states with broad lists of controlled substances.

The court ruled solidly in favor of petitioner Moones Mellouli, who was deported in 2012 after pleading guilty to a Kansas misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia — a sock containing four tablets of Adderall.

However, the criminal charge and Mellouli's plea agreement never identified which controlled substance was involved in his case, and the...

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