Ledezma-Galicia v Holder
In April 2003, ICE agents arrested Mr. Ledezma for a crime he committed almost 20 years ago. Although he served his time and paid his debt completely to society, ICE accused him of being an “aggravated felon” based on a change in the immigration law after his conviction was final. Based on a retroactive change in the law, ICE tried to deport him. The question we litigated was whether the change in the immigration law that occurred after Mr. Ledezma’s conviction could be applied to him to deport him from his wife and children. After 7 years of court battles, the Ninth Circuit decided the case in Mr. Ledezma’s favor.