Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Judge Asks Napolitano to Do the Right Thing

"A man who fears his cooperation with a narcotics prosecution in the 1980s will get him killed now that he has been deported to his native Macedonia has lost his attempt to have his guilty plea thrown out.  Adnan Asan pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and earned the plaudits of the government for his cooperation in testifying against major figures in an Eastern European narcotics shipping conspiracy in 1983 and 1984.  But after returning to his family life in the United States, where he was a legal immigrant and holder of a green card, the Department of Homeland Security, based on his guilty plea over two decades earlier, had him deported to Macedonia in 2007, where he now claims his life is in danger.  Asan filed a petition for a writ of error coram nobis, seeking to have his guilty plea vacated based on ineffective assistance of counsel.  His counsel at the time of the guilty plea and cooperation was Jed Rakoff, now a federal judge but then an attorney in private