Giuliani Plea Agreement Faces Court Battle to Save Deportee's Life

Attorney Raymond Lahoud, a Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey deportation defense and appellate attorney for the leading immigration and deportation law firm, Baurkot & Baurkot, filed, today, a Petition in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that urges the Court to vacate a guilty plea that resulted from an agreement between then-United States Attorney Rudy Giuliani and Adnan Asan, a Macedonian national that was deported from the United States in 2007.

Asan’s petition challenges his guilty plea and argues that it must be vacated because he was provided ineffective assistance of counsel. The petition is based on the March of 2010 Supreme Court decision, Padilla v. Kentucky, in which the Court held that a defense attorney’s misadvise to a client about the deportation consequences of a guilty plea amounts to constitutionally deficient representation.

“We are confident that we will prevail and Mr. Asan will be able to return to the United States, out of harms way, and either take his case to trial or come to some type of an agreement that is well within the terms of the original discussions with the government and the promises made by his defense attorney at that time with respect to deportation,” said Lahoud.

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