On March 31, 2010, in a resounding victory for the Constitution, the Supreme Court ruled as CAC had urged, and held that the lawyer for an alien charged with a crime has a constitutional obligation to tell the client that a guilty plea carries a risk that he will be deported.
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In Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado, the Supreme Court considered whether a state no-impeachment rule can constitutionally bar evidence of racial bias offered to prove a violation of the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury.
On June 23, 2011, the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that generic drug manufacturers may not be sued for allegedly inadequate drug labels under state failure-to-warn laws because it would be “impossible” for the generic drug manufacturers to comply with both state law and federal law. The ruling stands in sharp contrast to the Court’s decision in Wyeth v. Levine, in which the Court held that no such federal preemption exists against the manufacturers of brand-name prescription drugs.