“New Law” Does Not Apply to Convictions That Became Final Before Padilla Decision Announced

On February 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Chaidez v. United States (11-820), in which it declined to retroactively apply its holding in Padilla v. Kentucky, which the Supreme Court decided on March 31, 2010.  In Padilla, the Supreme Court announced that criminal defense lawyers are required to tell non-citizen clients […]