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Deportation and "Aggravated" Felonies

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In Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions, No. 16-54, the U.S. Supreme Court today waded once again into the messy question of what is an "aggravated felony" for the purpose of the federal law that says aliens who commit such felonies may be deported.

The question is messy for two reasons.  First, making legal consequences depend on judgments entered under the varying criminal laws of 50 states, the federal government, and the various other self-governing entities is an inherently messy problem.  Second, the law is poorly drafted and fixing it has not been a priority for Congress.

This case deals with the "age of consent" problem.

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