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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 and/or the Border
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/Border
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
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filed 05/15/2003
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
D. Minn.
03/08/2006
0:03-cv-03189-DWF-JSM
IM-MN-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
D. Minn.
05/22/2003
Order Directing Respondent to Show Why Writ Should Not Be Granted [ECF# 3]
IM-MN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
03/30/2004
Opinion [ECF# 16] (2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29665)
IM-MN-0002-0013.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
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D. Minn.
06/01/2004
Opinion [ECF# 22] (2004 WL 4000530 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29657)
IM-MN-0002-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
D. Minn.
06/03/2004
Motion for Stay of order or to Amend Judgment [ECF# 24]
IM-MN-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
06/03/2004
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Stay [ECF# 25-1]
IM-MN-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
D. Minn.
06/04/2004
Response to Motion for Stay [ECF# 27-1]
IM-MN-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
D. Minn.
06/10/2004
Second Motion for Stay [ECF# 29]
IM-MN-0002-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
06/16/2004
Order Staying Judgment Pending 8th Circuit Determination [ECF# 32]
IM-MN-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Minn.
06/30/2004
Order [ECF# 37-1]
IM-MN-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
D. Minn.
07/20/2004
Brief for respondent-appellant
IM-MN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
U.S. Court of Appeals
11/23/2004
Opinion (2004 U.S.App.LEXIS 24457)
IM-MN-0002-0014.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
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U.S. Court of Appeals
08/16/2005
Opinion (419 F.3d 722)
IM-MN-0002-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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U.S. Court of Appeals
10/25/2005
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota [Ct. of App. ECF# 38]
IM-MN-0002-0010.pdf | Detail
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