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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

6th Cir on review of CAT claims, denial of venue change

Mendoza-Rodriguez v. Holder, No. 13-4357 (6th Cir. Apr. 25, 2014) (unpublished).

In this case, the court affirmed the denial of CAT relief to a convicted drug dealer who feared retaliation by a Mexican drug cartel due to his perceived cooperation with law enforcement.

The court concluded that most of the issues were immune from review because of his criminal history. Under the limited scope of review, the court could not reweigh the evidence. The court affirmed the denial of his motion to change venue because it did not affect the proceedings or render them fundamentally unfair.

It is not clear if the petitioner pursued relief under the Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.

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