Court overturns deportation decision

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2011 10:21 AM
Court overturns deportation decision

The Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the deportation of a native of the Philippines because U.S. government officials won't let him apply for an exception to the deportation rules.

Joel Judulang has lived in the United States since 1974 as a lawful permanent resident. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and then was arrested for theft. The government began deportation proceedings and refused to let Judulang apply for an exception.

The high court in a unanimous decision written by Justice Elena Kagan said that decision was "arbitrary and capricious." Judulang's case was sent back to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for rehearing.

The case is Judulang v. Holder, 10-694.