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4th Circuit: ‘Padilla’ doesn’t apply retroactively

A defendant could not have a 2007 drug conviction overturned on the ground that his lawyer failed to advise him of the deportation consequences of his guilty plea, the 4th Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment. In March 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Padilla v. Kentucky (130 S. Ct. 1473) that counsel in a ...