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Posted Thursday, December 13, 2007
U.S. Appeals Court to hear arguments from extremely paralized Haitian man facing deportation
By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA: A U.S. appeals court will hear arguments from a Haitian man facing deportation over an attempted murder conviction who believes he should be allowed to stay in the U.S. to receive medical care.

Paul Pierre swallowed battery acid in a failed suicide attempt after the 1993 crime and now needs a feeding tube and other care not readily available in Haiti, his lawyers argue. The lawyers believe that returning him to Haiti amounts to torture, given the lack of medical resources there.

Pierre, now in his 40s, was convicted of trying to kill his girlfriend and served nearly a decade in prison. Since his release, he has remained in custody while fighting deportation, according to court records.

"If he was in Haiti, he probably would have died by now," said Pierre's former lawyer, Pierre I. Eloi.

Eloi handed the case to another lawyer after his client was moved to Florida to await deportation, and three law students ultimately argued the case last month before a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. 

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