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Reviews in Review
By Ellen S. Podgor
Reviews in Review columns.
Margaret H. Taylor & Ronald F. Wright
The Sentencing Judge as Immigration Judge
51 Emory L. J. 1131 (2002)
One of the most difficult areas for criminal defense practitioners to
master, concerns cases with immigration ramifications. The intricacies
of existing rules and the consequences to a client can be frightening.
Professors Margaret Taylor and Ronald Wright focus on immigration law in
examining flaws in the existing criminal law system. They present the
concerns of both the government, who may aim to achieve deportation, and
the defendant, who wants his or her rights protected.
The authors provide a historical overview of immigration issues in the
criminal law context. For example, they discuss Judicial Recommendations
Against Deportation (JRADS), and the consequences of eliminating this
aspect of the criminal/immigration process. The highlight of the article
is the authors’ discussion of the role of plea bargaining in cases with
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