HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A 35-year-old man who has lived in Connecticut since he was 14 faces deportation to Haiti after the state Supreme Court ruled his lawyer didn’t have to tell him that pleading guilty to a drug charge could get him thrown out of the United States.
The court on Monday overturned a lower court ruling that found Emmanuel Thiersaint was the victim of ineffective council.
Thiersaint was ordered deported after pleading guilty in 2007 to selling and possessing narcotics.
His lawyers say he has no relatives in Haiti.
Theirsaint had argued that a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires foreign defendants be informed when deportation is a likely outcome of a conviction, should be applied retroactively.
But a divided court ruled the notification was not something that was constitutionally required when Thiersaint was convicted.
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