Friday, June 5, 2009

U.S. Attorney General Holder vacates Compean order

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United States Attorney General Eric Holder reversed former Attorney General Michael Mukasey's opinion in the Matter of Compean, 24 I & N Dec. 710 (A.G. 2009). In January, shortly before he left office, Mukasey issued an opinion that immigrants in detention proceedings had no right to complain or seek redress for ineffective assistance of counsel. On Wednesday, however, Attorney General Holder stated that the department of justice will issue new rules to deal with the issue. He stated in a press release that the "integrity of immigration proceedings depends in part on the ability to assert claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, and the Department of Justice’s rulemaking in this area will be fair, it will be transparent, and it will be guided by our commitment to the rule of law."

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