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Amicus Brief in Ifenatuora v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
The Constitution Project, on behalf of its National Right to Counsel Committee, submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petitioner’s application for certiorari in the case of Ifenatuora v. United States. Thank you to the contributions of Hunton & Williams as they assisted TCP in drafting and filing this brief.

TCP’s Ifenatuora brief raises two important questions relating to the Court’s post-Padilla jurisprudence. The first is that the non-retroactivity principle announced in Teague v. Lane should not apply to ineffective-assistance of counsel claims raised in a federal defendant’s first post-conviction challenge. The second is that the rule established in Padilla v. Kentucky—that the 6th Amendment requires counsel to inform his or her client of the immigration consequences of conviction—is a “watershed” rule of criminal procedure exempt from Teague. TCP’s brief explains that “[j]ust as Gideon revolutionized the way that the criminal justice system dealt with indigents, so too does Padilla revolutionize the way in which the system deals with aliens.”
Amicus Brief in Thomas v. Nugent (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
This case involves a 21-year old man, Baron Pikes, who died after being electroshocked by a police officer at least eight times. A Section 1983 action was brought on behalf of Pikes’ young son, claiming that the officer used excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Fifth Circuit held that the officer was immune from suit because it was not clearly established in 2008 that it was unconstitutional for police to use a Taser on a person multiple times even when he did not pose a safety or flight risk. The brief, filed by amici consisting of former Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Judges, Corrections Officials, and Experts on Police Accountability and Use of Force, urges the Court to grant cert to make it clear that such devices cannot be used on people who are merely passively resisting but not posing a safety or flight risk.
Amicus Brief in Thomas v. Nugent (U.S. Supreme Court, Cert. Stage)
This case involves a 21-year old man, Baron Pikes, who died after being electroshocked by a police officer at least eight times. A Section 1983 action was brought on behalf of Pikes’ young son, claiming that the officer used excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The Fifth Circuit held that the officer was immune from suit because it was not clearly established in 2008 that it was unconstitutional for police to use a Taser on a person multiple times even when he did not pose a safety or flight risk. The brief, filed by amici consisting of former Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Judges, Corrections Officials, and Experts on Police Accountability and Use of Force, urges the Court to grant cert to make it clear that such devices cannot be used on people who are merely passively resisting but not posing a safety or flight risk.
La decisión del caso Hinton es una importante victoria para el derecho de los acusados a asesorarse por un abogado
US SUPREME COURT – Hinton v. Alabama: Effective Counsel and Forensic Expertise
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Hinton Decision ‘Important Victory’ for Right to Counsel
Public Defenders, Bolstered by a Work Analysis and Rulings, Push Back Against a Tide of Cases
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Stetson’s law school hosted panel, film “Defending Gideon”
The Sorry State of Indigent Defense
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