What if she was a foreigner?

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Whitney Houston Superstar Whitney Houston was arrested at Keahole-Kona International Airport for possessing 15.2 grams of marijuana in January 2000. She apparently pled no contest in an arrangement that led ultimately to the expungement of her record.

The Ninth Circuit reverses its long-held precedent on the effectiveness of expungements of some drug crimes.

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

If I knew how to put a black box around a posting to signify a sad, dark day for non-citizens, I would do it for this posting as I write about a new decision, Nunez Reyes v. Holder, which overrules Lujan-Armendariz v. INS,  a decision that recognized state expungements of simple possession drug offenses so that the harsh immigration consequences of drug convictions would not apply to those with expungements. First, what are the “harsh consequences” of simple possession offenses?…