This articles discusses a recent Supreme Court case revolving around whether foreigners who have committed serious nonpolitical crimes outside the US are ineligible for refugee status regardless of the severity of persecution that would await them at their countries of origin.
"Trends. Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Aguirre, No. 97-1754: Can Crime Be Nonpolitical?,"
International Bulletin of Political Psychology: Vol. 6
, Article 4.
Available at: http://commons.erau.edu/ibpp/vol6/iss9/4