You are a criminal defense attorney. The below-listed client hires you to defend her. Identify the immigration issues in the fact pattern and devise a plan to best defend her. To earn full credit please include in your essay: Identify and discuss the immigrant status that your client has. Determine if there is an immigration consequence to the alleged criminal activity. Describe your duties to your immigrant client under Padilla under this fact scenario. Devise a plea bargain that could be executed to avoid immigration consequences for your client. If convicted as charged to this offense what waiver or immigration defense could be available to your client? FACTS: Mary Jones is an LPR from Jamaica. She has been an LPR for 10 years. She is a single mother of a 10-year-old daughter Alice who was born in the U.S. Alice’s father is a Jamaican and lives in Jamaica. Mary works full time as a cashier at Publix where shopping is expensive. She lives in a clean 2 bedroom apartment in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Mary is an excellent mother and employee. On the date of the incident, Mary had the night shift at Publix. She was waiting for Alice to get home from school. Alice was late and Mary became worried. She called the school and talked to Alice’s teacher. The teacher told Mary that Alice missed the bus because she had to serve a detention for talking in class. Mary called her boyfriend Alex to pick up Alice. Mary left for work and received a text from Alex. The text stated that Alex picked up Alice and would baby sit her until she got home from work. When Mary came home she asked Alice why she missed the school bus. Alice lied and stated that she stayed after school to help her teacher and lost track of time. Mary knew that her daughter lied. It was not the first time that Alice had lied to her mom. Mary told Alice that she had spoken to the teacher and that she knew what really happened. Mary disciplined her daughter the same way she was disciplined as a child. She used a belt and hit Alice 4 times for lying. Alice apologized for lying and promised to be truthful in the future. Alice went to school the next day. The teachers saw belt marks and called the police. As a result, of the police report, Mary is charged with a third-degree felony Child Abuse. Mary hires you. You discover that she has never been arrested before and has no prior criminal record. Mary tells you she is not a U.S. citizen and that she has been an LPR for 10 years. The Assistant State Attorney offers Mary a plea bargain of 18 months’ probation and a withheld Adjudication of guilt. What is your advice to Mary?


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Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



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