Below is a summary from Houston
criminal defense lawyer Rosario Stornello of several recent criminal cases which have made
U.S. Supreme Court
D's Kansas conviction for concealing unnamed pills in his sock did
not trigger removal under 8 U.S.C. §1227(a)(2)(B)(i). Mellouli v.
Lynch, No. 13-1034 (U.S. June 1, 2015).
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
In prosecution for alien-harboring conspiracy and substantive alien-harboring
charges, district court harmlessly erred in admitting, pursuant to Fed.
R. Crim. P. 404(b), evidence of a 2009 traffic stop (not culminating in
arrest or prosecution), in which D was discovered to have two aliens in
his vehicle. United States v. Gutierrez-Mendez, 752 F.3d 418 (5th Cir. 2014).
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
D's statute-of-limitations defense was a category-three forfeitable
right because there was no legislative violation of the Ex Post Facto
Clause, given that the trial judge's acceptance of the time-barred
plea originated from plea negotiations with the State and D's waivers
of the defense. Ex parte Heilman, 456 S.W.3d 159 (Tex.Crim.App. 2015).
14th Texas Court of Appeals
D's conviction for fraudulent possession of 10 or more but less than
50 items of identifying information was improper because he suffered egregious
harm from the inclusion of an unconstitutional mandatory presumption in
the jury charge. Ramirez-Memije v. State, No. 14-11-00456-CR (Tex.App.-Houston
[14 Dist] May 19, 2015).
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