TURKSON v. GREEN, No. 2:2016cv09451 - Document 16 (D.N.J. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION. Signed by Judge John Michael Vazquez on 9/18/17. (sr, )
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TURKSON v. GREEN Doc. 16 NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ____________________________________ : JOSHUA TURKSON, : : Civil Action No. 16-9451 (JMV) Petitioner, : : v. : OPINION : WARDEN CHARLES GREEN, : : Respondent. : ____________________________________: APPEARANCES: JOSHUA TURKSON LaSalle Detention Facility P.O. Box 560 Trout, LA 71371 Petitioner, pro se BRYAN K. LONEGAN, Esq. Office of Immigration Litigation 970 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102 On behalf of Respondent VAZQUEZ, United States District Judge On December 22, 2016, Petitioner filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (ECF No. 1), challenging his prolonged detention since May 19, 2015 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). (ECF No. 1 at 5.) This Court ordered Respondent to answer the petition. (ECF No. 5.) On September 14, 2017, Respondent submitted the Declaration of Deportation Officer James A. Brantley, indicating that ICE removed Petitioner to Ghana on June 13, 2017. (ECF No. 15-1.) Respondent contends the habeas petition is moot. Dockets.Justia.com (ECF No. 15.) A habeas petition “generally becomes moot when [a petitioner] is released from custody” because there is no longer “an actual injury traceable to the defendant and likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision.” Vasquez v. Aviles, 639 F. App’x 898, 902 (3d Cir. 2016) (quoting DeFoy v. McCullough, 393 F.3d 439, 442 (3d Cir. 2005)). The present petition no longer presents a case or controversy under Article III, § 2 of the United States Constitution because Petitioner is no longer detained by ICE. See id. (finding petition moot where there were no collateral consequences that could be addressed by success on the petition after removal) (citing Abdala v. I.N.S., 488 F.3d 1061, 1064 (9th Cir. 2007)). Therefore, the petition is dismissed as moot. An appropriate Order follows. Date: September 18, 2017 At Newark, New Jersey / John Michael Vazquez JOHN MICHAEL VAZQUEZ United States District Judge 2