WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue August 28, 2012
Kentucky Appeals Court Meeting at WKU, Will Decide Immigration Case
The Kentucky Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments over whether a truck driver can benefit from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling over what advice attorneys must give non-citizens about possible deportations.
The court will hear the case of Jose Padilla, a native of Honduras who pleaded guilty to transporting a truckload of marijuana through Hardin County in 2001. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Padilla's attorney erroneously told him that deportation wasn't a concern when he pleaded guilty in 2001.
The high court's ruling impacted plea agreements and immigration cases around the country, but a judge in Hardin County upheld Padilla's guilty plea last year.
The appeals court, meeting in Bowling Green, will decide whether to apply the high court's ruling to Padilla.