WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court says there can be no retroactive application of its ruling that lawyers have to tell their clients if pleading guilty to a crime could cause their deportation.
The high court’s 7-2 ruling came Wednesday in the case of Roselva Chaidez, who came from Mexico.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that immigrants have a constitutional right to be told by their lawyers whether pleading guilty to a crime could lead to their deportation. Chaidez had already been convicted for mail fraud and was in a deportation proceeding. She then asked the courts to allow her to take advantage of the new ruling.
Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the 2010 ruling was a new rule, so it does not apply to convictions that came before. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.