United States v. Ataya

Michigan doctor pleads guilty to fraud. But wait! No one warned him he could lose his citizenship, be deported back to Syria. Can he withdraw his plea? Sixth Circuit: Indeed so. Dissent: The warning rule that the majority relies on is for non-citizens and so not applicable to the doctor, a citizen. Moreover, it’s not certain, or even likely, that he’d be stripped of citizenship. And if he were, he might be exiled to Egypt, Sweden, or the United Arab Emirates (where his parents and siblings live), rather than Syria.

Tags: 2018, Deportation, Fraud, Sixth Circuit

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