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Deport or court? Defendants seek to take back criminal pleas based on bad immigration advice

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WENATCHEE — Three men in three criminal cases stood before a judge and pleaded guilt — and later sought to recant, saying their lawyers never told them they could be ejected from the country. With recent Washington Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions on their side, all three petitioned Chelan County Superior Court to vacate their pleas and re-try their cases, saying their defense attorneys didn’t properly inform them that their immigration visas were at risk.

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