Patel v. Atty Gen. of the United States, No. 10-1554 (3d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
In 1996 the petitioner, an Indian citizen charged as deportable, posted bond and traveled from Texas to Wisconsin. An attorney, hired by his family, had the matter transferred to New Jersey, but later moved to withdraw on the ground that he had not seen or heard from the client. The motion was denied, the petitioner was ordered deported in absentia, and notice was served on the attorney. In 2009 the petitioner's motion to reopen was denied. The Third Circuit denied an appeal, noting that the petitioner was not entitled to actual notice and had contributed to his failure to receive actual notice through his attorney of record.