Mutasem v. Kelly
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Abdul K Kallon on 08/18/2017. (KBB)
2017 Aug-18 AM 11:40
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
JOHN F. KELLY,
Case No.: 4:17-cv-00658-AKK-JHE
On April 24, 2017, Petitioner Abubakar Mutasem (“Mutasem”) filed a
petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Doc. 1. At the
time he filed his petition, Mutasem, a native of Sudan, was incarcerated at the
Etowah County Detention Center, in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). In his petition, Mutasem alleged that he was being
illegally detained by ICE pending his deportation. On July 24, 2017, Mutasem was
removed from the United States, doc. 9, 9-1, and, as a result, Respondents have
filed a motion to dismiss the action as moot.
For the reasons stated below,
Respondents’ motion will be granted and the action be dismissed as moot.
Article III of the Constitution limits the jurisdiction of federal courts to the
consideration of “cases or controversies.” U.S. CONST. art. III, § 2. The doctrine
of mootness is derived from this limitation because “an action that is moot cannot
be characterized as an active case or controversy.” Adler v. Duval Cnty. Sch. Bd.,
112 F.3d 1475, 1477 (11th Cir. 1997). A case is moot and must be dismissed if the
court can no longer provide “meaningful relief.” Nyaga v. Ashcroft, 323 F.3d 906,
913 (11th Cir. 2003) (citations omitted). Mutasem’s release from ICE custody
rendered his petition moot. Moreover, neither of the two exceptions to the
mootness doctrine—(1) collateral consequences and (2) “capable of repetition yet
evading review,” Carafas v. LaVallee, 391 U.S. 234, 237 (1968); Murphy v. Hunt,
455 U.S. 478, 482 (1982), apply in light of Mutasem’s removal. Therefore,
because there is no longer any relief that the court can grant to Mutasem, his
petition is due to be dismissed as moot.
Based on the foregoing, the Respondents’ motion to dismiss, doc. 9, is
GRANTED. A separate order will be entered.
DONE the 18th day of August, 2017.
ABDUL K. KALLON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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