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Case Name Ali v. Cangemi IM-MN-0002
Docket / Court 0:03-cv-03189-DWF-JSM ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On May 15, 2003, petitioner Ahmed Hassan Ali, a native of Somalia, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging that his extended detention awaiting deportation was unlawful.

On June 1, 2004, the ... read more >
On May 15, 2003, petitioner Ahmed Hassan Ali, a native of Somalia, filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging that his extended detention awaiting deportation was unlawful.

On June 1, 2004, the district court (Judge Donovan W. Frank) granted the writ. Judge Frank adopted Magistrate Judge Mayeron's Report and Recommendation, dated March 30, 2004, which found that because of the injunction put in place by Ali v. Ashcroft, 346 F.3d 873 (9th Cir.2003) (nationwide class action enjoining the federal government from removing detained aliens to Somalia, because there was no functioning government there that could accept their return), it did not appear that Petitioner Ali would be deported anytime soon. As such, Judge Frank found that the petitioner was entitled to release pursuant to Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678 (2001). Ali v. Cangemi, 2004 WL 4000530 (D.Minn. Jun 01, 2004). The government appealed.

A panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. Ali v. Cangemi, 384 F.3d 989 (8th Cir.2004). On November 23, 2004, the en banc court vacated the panel opinion and granted rehearing en banc. On December 29, 2004, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released Ali, allegedly by mistake. Thereafter, ICE tried but could not locate, considering him a fugitive. In light of Ali's release from custody, the en banc court reversed and vacated the district court judgment, and directed the district court to dismiss the case without prejudice, finding that Ali's petition for a writ of habeas corpus was moot. Ali v. Cangemi, 419 F.3d 722 (8th Cir. 2005).

On remand on December 19, 2005, District Judge Frank dismissed the case.

Dan Dalton - 12/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Habeas Corpus
Immigration
Deportation - criteria
Deportation - judicial review
Deportation - procedure
Detention - conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description A native of Somalia who filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
0:03-cv-03189-DWF-JSM (D. Minn.) 03/08/2006
IM-MN-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Order Directing Respondent to Show Why Writ Should Not Be Granted 05/22/2003 (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 03/30/2004 (2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29665) (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0013 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 06/01/2004 (2004 WL 4000530 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29657) (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Motion for Stay of order or to Amend Judgment 06/03/2004
IM-MN-0002-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Stay 06/03/2004
IM-MN-0002-0005 PDF | Detail
Response to Motion for Stay 06/04/2004
IM-MN-0002-0006 PDF | Detail
Second Motion for Stay 06/10/2004
IM-MN-0002-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Staying Judgment Pending 8th Circuit Determination 06/16/2004 (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 06/30/2004 (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0009 PDF | Detail
Brief for respondent-appellant 07/20/2004
IM-MN-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Opinion 11/23/2004 (2004 U.S.App.LEXIS 24457)
IM-MN-0002-0014 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Opinion 08/16/2005 (419 F.3d 722)
IM-MN-0002-0011 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota 10/25/2005
IM-MN-0002-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arnold, Morris Sheppard (Eighth Circuit, W.D. Ark.)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Benton, William Duane (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Bye, Gareth D. Court not on record
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Colloton, Steven M. (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Frank, Donovan W. (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0002-0008 | IM-MN-0002-0012 | IM-MN-0002-9000
Gruender, Raymond W. (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Lay, Donald Pomery (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Loken, James B. (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Mayeron, Janie S. (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
IM-MN-0002-0002 | IM-MN-0002-0013
Melloy, Michael Joseph (N.D. Iowa, Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Murphy, Diana E. (D. Minn., Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0011
Riley, William Jay (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Wollman, Roger Leland (Eighth Circuit)
IM-MN-0002-0010 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Menendez, Katherine (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0002-0006 | IM-MN-0002-0008 | IM-MN-0002-0011 | IM-MN-0002-0012 | IM-MN-0002-0013 | IM-MN-0002-9000
Murphy, Carol A. (Washington)
IM-MN-0002-0010
Defendant's Lawyers Bryan, Lonnie F. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0002-0004 | IM-MN-0002-0005 | IM-MN-0002-0007 | IM-MN-0002-0008 | IM-MN-0002-0009 | IM-MN-0002-0012 | IM-MN-0002-0013 | IM-MN-0002-9000
Heffelfinger, Thomas (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0002-0004 | IM-MN-0002-0005 | IM-MN-0002-0007
Keisler, Peter D. (District of Columbia)
IM-MN-0002-0001
Kline, David J. (District of Columbia)
IM-MN-0002-0001
Paisner, Jennifer (District of Columbia)
IM-MN-0002-0001 | IM-MN-0002-0011
Other Lawyers Benton, Terrell W. (Georgia)
IM-MN-0002-0010

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