MANCIA-SALAZAR v. JOHNSON, No. 2:2017cv00147 - Document 10 (D.N.J. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION. Signed by Judge John Michael Vazquez on 07/20/2017. (ek)
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MANCIA-SALAZAR v. JOHNSON Doc. 10 NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ____________________________________ : JOSE VIELMAN MANCIA-SALAZAR, : : Civil Action No. 17-147 (JMV) Petitioner, : : v. : OPINION : CHARLES GREEN, : : Respondent. : ____________________________________: On January 9, 2017, Petitioner filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (ECF No. 1), challenging his prolonged detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). On March 13, 2017, Respondent filed a response to the petition, opposing habeas relief. (ECF No. 6.) On July 13, 2017, the Court granted the habeas petition and ordered Respondent to provide Petitioner with a bond hearing. (ECF Nos. 7, 8.) Now before the Court is Respondent’s letter requesting that the Court vacate its Order dated July 13, 2017. (ECF No. 9.) Respondent contends this matter became moot when Petitioner was granted asylum and released from custody on July 12, 2017. (ECF No. 9.) 1 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(6) provides that “on motion and just terms, the court may relieve a party . . . from a final judgment, order, or proceeding” for any reason “that justifies relief.” 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 1 Respondent submitted a copy of the order granting Petitioner asylum and the order to release. (ECF Nos. 9-1, 9-2.) 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)). Unbeknownst to the Court, Petitioner was no longer in custody, and the petition was moot when the Court granted it on July 13, 2017. Therefore, the Court grants the request to vacate its Order of July 13, 2017, and dismisses the petition as moot. An appropriate Order follows. Date: July 20, 2017 at Newark, New Jersey s/ John Michael Vazquez JOHN MICHAEL VAZQUEZ United States District Judge 2