Monday, June 8, 2009

U.S. v. Denedo

Writ: a petition for a writ of coram nobis under the authority of the All Writs Act, asking the NMCCA to vacate the conviction it had earlier affirmed on the ground that his guilty plea resulted from ineffective assistance of counsel, who had assured him his plea bargain carried no risk of deportation; as recognized by the All Writs Act—which permits “courts established by Act of Congress” to issue “all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions,” 28 U. S. C. §1651(a)—a court’s power to issue any form of relief, extraordinary or otherwise, is contingent on its subject-matter jurisdiction over the case or controversy. Such jurisdiction is determined by Congress (U.S.S.Ct., 08.06.09, U.S. v. Denedo, J. Kennedy).

Notion de “writ”, compris comme ordre de la cour aux fins d’assurer l’effectivité d’une décision qui ressort de sa compétence. La cour peut ainsi rendre les ordonnances qu’elle estime nécessaires à la bonne administration de sa justice, mais uniquement dans le cadre des compétences quant au fond que le Congrès lui a attribuées (28 U.S.C. §1651(a)).

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