Liu v. Ashcroft

2002 | Cited 0 times | D. Maine | July 19, 2002


On April 24, 2002, Xing Hai Liu filed a petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and a motion for an emergency hearing, alleging that he had been held in INS detention under a final order of removal since November 8, 2001. (Docket No. 1.) According to Liu's initial petition he was anxious to return to his home in China and had cooperated fully with the INS but had received no assurances as to when he would be returned. Therefore, under applicable United States Supreme Court precedent, Liu contended that he was entitled to some form of supervised release. The initial petition was signed by an attorney who had not been admitted to practice in this district and who did not have local counsel sign the pleading.

After some preliminary exchanges regarding the attorney's status, an amended petition was filed by Liu, proceeding pro se, on May 3, 2002. (Docket No. 5.) I ordered the United States to answer both the petition and the motion for emergency hearing. The United States responded to the motion for an emergency hearing on May 16, 2002, (Docket No. 7) indicating that Liu had not cooperated with the INS in obtaining his removal until January 18, 2002, and tha t therefore the presumptive six-month detention period which is reasonably necessary to bring about the alien's removal from the United States suggested by Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678, 701 (2001), would not expire until July 18, 2002. After receiving the United States' response, Liu voluntarily withdrew his petition for an eme rgency hearing. (Docket No. 8.)

On June 10, 2002, the United States filed its timely response to and a motion to dismiss the underlying petition. (Docket No. 9.) Liu promptly replied on June 14, 2002, and I took the matter under advisement. Prior to issuing my recommended decision, I received a faxed document from Senior Litigation Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation on July 1, 2002. She represented that copies of the same document had been furnished to petitioner and his original attorney, Dennis Cheung of Brooklyn, New York. The original was filed with the court shortly thereafter. (Docket No. 11.) The documents indicated that arrangements had been made to repatriate Liu to China on July 3, 2002, and that the United States intended to so proceed with this repatriation unless it heard otherwise from the court. I issued no response nor have I been contacted by Liu, Cheung, or the United States since receiving the notice of intent to repatriate. I therefore assume that Liu has returned to China and that this petition should be dismissed as moot. See Soliman v. United States, __ F.3d __, 2002 WL 1482768 (11th Cir. July 11, 2002) (dismissing as moot an appeal of a § 2241 petition seeking relief from a le ngthy detention pending removal because alien had been returned to his native country).


Accordingly I now recommend that the Court DISMISS the pending petition as moot.

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