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United States v. Shepherd

Man pleads guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, serves two years in prison, and attempts to register upon his release. Whoops! Texas officials decline to put him on the registry, say he isn’t actually required to register. Fifth Circuit: The man’s attorney failed to conduct even a cursory review of the case law before advising him to plead guilty. That was ineffective, and the guilty plea is vacated.


Tags: 2018, Criminal Procedure, Fifth Circuit, Plea Deals, Professional Responsibility

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