LSIC Argues Historic Case En Banc | DCLAW Students


LSIC congratulates alumnus, Alfred Carry, who recently argued a case before the DC Court of Appeals sitting en banc. Matters before this court are normally heard by three-judge panels unless a matter is heard or reheard before the whole en banc court by all nine judges.

The case is Jean Baptiste Bado v. United States, which examined if a noncitizen is constitutionally entitled to a jury trial for a misdemeanor offense that results in deportation and other consequences if convicted. Since 1996, the court has held that deportation is a mere collateral consequence that does not elevate a petty offense to a serious crime requiring a jury.
“Trial by jury is a cherished right for crimes that carry serious consequences, and for noncitizens who face deportation and the possibility of separation from family, spouse, children, friends, property, and cutting of other strong American ties, the stakes could not be higher,” said Alfred.
Alfred was a student attorney in the LSIC Criminal Division Class of 2010. After graduating, he joined the public defender’s office in Massachusetts. Today, he works as an associate with the law firm Press & Dozier, LLC and as a part-time staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at LSIC.
“Al will always be a member of the LSIC family,” declared Moses Cook. “He is relentless in his fight to alleviate the inequalities of our justice system. I could not be prouder.”
Please join us in the excitement. We are thrilled by the accomplishment of one of our own and the historic nature of this case. The court heard oral argument on June 14, 2016, and we await a decision.


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