The Ottumwa Courier

July 12, 2013

Court rules on lawsuit against immigration lawyer


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court hasn't issued a ruling on whether a couple from Ecuador may sue a lawyer for emotional pain for giving them bad advice. The advice caused the couple to be separated from their children and grandchildren in Iowa for at least a decade.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial last year to determine whether Des Moines attorney Michael Said (sigh EED) should pay for emotional distress. Said appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court, which was expected to rule Friday but instead will publish it later.

Said told a Klever Miranda and Nancy Campoverde in 2005 they might become U.S. citizens if they returned to Ecuador and filed certain documents. Once in Ecuador federal rules prohibited them from returning to the U.S. for 10 years.