Supreme court rules against immigrants with temporary status
counsel to person without papers. In a landmark case the Supreme Court reversed and remanded holding that criminal defense counsel must inform counsel to person without papers whether the plea carries a risk of deportation. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court established that the Fourteenth Amendment creates a right for criminal defendants who cannot pay for their own lawyers to have the state appoint attorneys on their behalf. Typically, the Court hears cases that have been decided in either an appropriate U.S. Court of Appeals or the highest Court in a given state (if the state court decided a Constitutional issue). The Supreme Court has its own set of rules. According to these rules, four of the nine Justices must vote to accept a case.