Cordero v. United States Attorney General
MEMORANDUM OPINION Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 3/6/18. (SAC )
2018 Mar-06 AM 11:00
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL,
Case No.: 4:17-cv-01693-KOB-JHE
On October 3, 2017, Petitioner Huberto Cordero (“Cordero”) 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, Cordero,
a native of Cuba, was incarcerated at the Etowah County Detention Center, in the custody of the
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). In his petition, Cordero alleged that
he was being illegally detained by ICE pending his deportation to Cuba. On February 27, 2018,
Cordero was released from ICE custody pursuant to an Order of Supervision. (Doc. 7, 7-1).
Respondents filed a motion to dismiss the action as moot, because Cordero is no longer in ICE
custody. (Doc. 7). 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). Cordero’s release from ICE
custody rendered his petition moot.
The relief sought by Cordero in his petition was to be released from ICE custody.
Because Cordero is no longer in ICE custody, his petition has been rendered moot, unless an
exception to the mootness doctrine applies. Two exceptions to the mootness doctrine exist: (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). Neither exception applies
here. The collateral consequences exception does not apply because no “disabilities or burdens
. . . may flow” from the custody that Cordero challenges. See Carafas, 391 U.S. at 237. The
exception for events “capable of repetition, yet evading review” does not apply here either.
Petitioner has been released from custody, and the potential circumstances of this case happening
again are too speculative to create an actual controversy sufficient to support a claim for relief.
See Weinstein v. Bradford, 423 U.S. 147, 149 (1975) (holding that the “capable of repetition, yet
evading review” exception applies when (1) the challenged action is too short in duration to be
fully litigated prior to its cessation or expiration, and (2) there is a reasonable expectation that the
same complaining party would be subjected to the same action again.). Because no relief can be
granted to Cordero, his petition is due to be dismissed as moot.
Based on the foregoing, the Respondents’ motion to dismiss, (doc. 7), is due to be
The court will enter a separate Final Order.
DONE and ORDERED this 6th day of March, 2018.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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