Justices reverse deportation of man over minor drug crime

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Posted: Jun 01, 2015 10:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has overturned the deportation of a Tunisian man whose crime was possessing drug paraphernalia.

Mones Mellouli was deported after he pleaded guilty to the minor drug crime in Kansas state court. The item in question was a sock that contained four pills of the stimulant Adderall.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the court Monday that federal law does not authorize deportation for such a minor offense.

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.