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|U.S. Appeals Court to hear arguments from extremely paralized
Haitian man facing deportation
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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