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November 2003 , Page 41 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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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 immigration issues

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