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Commonwealth v. Sylvain

Docket #SJC-11400
Date May 6, 2013
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JusticesIreland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, Lenk, JJ.
Summary Controlled substances. Alien. Constitutional law, Plea, Assistance of counsel, Retroactivity of judicial holding. Due process of law, Plea, Assistance of counsel. Practice, Criminal, Plea, Assistance of counsel, Retroactivity of judicial holding.
Appealed FromBoston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division; Justice James W. Coffey
BriefsSee selection available in PDF format at Supreme Judicial Court website
Counsel for Appellant
Sylvain:  Wendy S. Wayne, Laura Mannion Banwarth
Counsel for Appellee
Commonwealth:  Cailin M. Campbell
Amici CuriaeMassachusetts Legal Academics; National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild; Boston College Post-Deportation Human Rights Project; Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program; Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project; David M. Siegel; Lawrence M. Friedman

OpinionClick to link to the slip opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court, in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat)

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