Criminal Law Blog

Breaking: DCCA goes en banc to consider right to jury trial for deportable misdemeanors

The DCCA granted rehearing en banc this past Friday in Bado v. United States.  Bado held that the defendant in a misdemeanor case had a right to a jury trial where a conviction would be deemed an "aggravated felony" under federal immigration law and render the defendant deportable.  We first blogged about Bado here.  Given that Bado managed to produce four different opinions (from only three judges), perhaps rehearing en banc is not too surprising.  The panel opinion has now been vacated, so for now defense counsel should be requesting jury trials (assuming a jury trial is in your client's interest) in any misdemeanor case in which deportation is a possible outcome.