Thursday, June 14th, 2018

CA4 on Assault, Crime of Violence, Agg. Fel. – Karimi v. Holder

"Ali Sina Karimi petitions this court for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") final order of removal.  Karimi contends the BIA erred when it ruled that his Maryland second-degree assault conviction was for a "crime of violence" under 18 U.S.C. § 16, and thus an "aggravated felony" under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(F) that triggered his removability. For the reasons that follow, we grant Karimi’s petition for review, vacate the BIA’s order of removal, and remand to the BIA with instructions to reinstate Karimi’s asylee status." – Karimi v. Holder, May 13, 2013.  [Hats off to court-appointed counsel David M. Belczyk<