Supreme Court Rules that Interstate Commerce Connection Is Not Need for Aggravated Felony

In a 5 to 3 opinion, the US Supreme Court found that state criminal offenses are analagous to their federal counterpart even though they do not have an interstate commerce connection. Interstate commerce is a jurisdictional hook that Congress inserts into many statutes in order for there to be a

BIA Holds that State Sentencing Guidelines Cap Lowers Minimum Sentence for Petty Crime Exception

Rejecting the Government’s argument to the contrary, the Board of Immigration Appelas held In the Matter of Juan-Emigdio-Giron has held that the sentencing guideline maximum sentence trumps the statutory maximum sentence for purposes of the petty offense exception. That petty offense exception holds that an individual is not inadmissible or removable

Ninth Circuit Finds BIA’s Interpretation of “Obstruction of Justice” Raises Grave Constitutional Doubts

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit  found that the BIA’s revised interpretation of “obstruction of justice” announced in Matter of Valenzuela Gallardo, which required only “the affirmative and intentional attempt, with specific intent, to interfere with the process of justice,” departed from the BIA’s prior construction of