BIA Ruling May Have Pushed 'Moral Turpitude' Too Far

By Allissa Wickham (October 3, 2016, 9:17 PM EDT) -- The Board of Immigration Appeals' recent ruling that copyright infringement is a crime involving moral turpitude that can lead to deportation has some experts concerned the board may have gone beyond the limit of what traditionally fits the bill for such crimes, which often involve fraud or shocking behavior.

In rare foray into the world of intellectual property, the BIA ruled Sept. 23 that criminal copyright infringement is a "crime involving moral turpitude," shooting down an appeal from a man ordered deported after being convicted of infringement for selling pirated CDs. The decision has raised eyebrows from some immigration experts, who question...

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