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Court considers effect of Padilla ruling on alien defendant’s guilty plea

ANNAPOLIS — With his client facing potential deportation, a public defender urged Maryland’s top court Thursday to throw out the guilty plea that brought Mark Denisyuk, a Latvian national, to the attention of U.S. immigration officials. Brian L. Zavin blamed Denisyuk’s current plight on his trial defense counsel, who failed to tell him that ...

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