The Race Begins… Cert. Granted in Chaidez

As several helpful readers have pointed out, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert. today in Chaidez.  According to the Court, the question for which cert.  was granted in Chaidez is as follows:

In Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010), this Court held that criminal defendants receive ineffective assistance of counsel under the Sixth Amendment when their attorneys fail to advise them that pleading guilty to an offense will subject them to deportation. The question presented is whether Padilla applies to persons whose convictions became final before its announcement.

The actual statement from the Court setting forth the above question can be downloaded here.  SCOTUS blog has this to say about today’s grant of cert. in Chaidez.

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