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Case Name Jean-Baptiste v. Reno IM-NY-0011
Docket / Court 96-CV-4077 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On August 19, 1996, three permanent resident aliens filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging their deportation orders, which were based on their criminal convictions for drug offenses. Plaintiffs claimed that the INS' ... read more >
On August 19, 1996, three permanent resident aliens filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging their deportation orders, which were based on their criminal convictions for drug offenses. Plaintiffs claimed that the INS' deportation procedures violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Plaintiffs also claimed that they were not given notice by INS officials or anyone else that engaging in certain types of criminal behavior would be grounds for deportation.

The District Court dismissed the case for failure to state a claim. Jean-Baptiste v. Reno, 1997 WL 55472 (E.D.N.Y. Feb 05, 1997). Plaintiffs appealed.



The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal, but on other grounds. The Court held that the under Section 242(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 8 U.S.C. § 1252(g) (Supp. II 1996), the District Court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. Jean-Baptiste v. Reno, 144 F.3d 212 (2nd Cir. 1998). Rehearing was denied. Jean-Baptiste v. Reno, 175 F.3d 226 (2nd Cir. 1999).

Dan Dalton - 01/04/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Habeas Corpus
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Deportation - criteria
Deportation - judicial review
Deportation - procedure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Bivens
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Office of the Attorney General
Plaintiff Description # permanent resident aliens who challenged their deportation orders which were based on their criminal convictions for drug offenses.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
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 1999
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)
96-CV-04077-SJ-MDG (E.D.N.Y.) 08/19/1996
IM-NY-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
(U.S. Court of Appeals) 03/20/1997
IM-NY-0011-9001.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/19/1996 (1996 WL 33670225)
IM-NY-0011-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Defendants' Memorandum supporting their Motion to Dismiss 10/15/1996 (1996 WL 33670191)
IM-NY-0011-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Plaintiffs' Memorandum Opposing Motion to Dismiss 10/30/1996 (1996 WL 33670192)
IM-NY-0011-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Defendants' Reply Supporting Motion to Dismiss 11/13/1996 (1996 WL 33670193)
IM-NY-0011-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion 02/05/1997 (1997 WL 55472) (E.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0011-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Opinion 05/08/1998 (144 F.3d 212)
IM-NY-0011-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 05/17/1999 (175 F.3d 226)
IM-NY-0011-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Cardamone, Richard J. (Second Circuit)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007
Go, Marilyn D. (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
IM-NY-0011-9000 | IM-NY-0011-9001
Johnson, Sterling Jr. (E.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0011-0002 | IM-NY-0011-0003 | IM-NY-0011-0008 | IM-NY-0011-9000 | IM-NY-0011-9001
Kearse, Amalya Lyle (Second Circuit)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007
Leisure, Peter Keeton (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Martinez, Antonio C (New York)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007 | IM-NY-0011-0008 | IM-NY-0011-9000 | IM-NY-0011-9001
Torres, Eladio A. (New York)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007
Defendant's Lawyers Carter, Zachary W. (New York)
IM-NY-0011-0003 | IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007 | IM-NY-0011-0008
Delli-Pizzi, Mary Elizabeth (New York)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007 | IM-NY-0011-0008 | IM-NY-0011-9000 | IM-NY-0011-9001
Howard, William J. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0006
Hunger, Frank W. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007
Keener, Donald E. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0007
Radford, Emily Ann (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0007
Sarko, Michele Y.F. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0007
Vu, Quynh (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0011-0006 | IM-NY-0011-0007 | IM-NY-0011-0008 | IM-NY-0011-9000 | IM-NY-0011-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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