Yijuan v. Rosen et al

Filing 4

ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that 3 petitioner's motion for appointment of counsel is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the FPD shall have 10 days from the date of entry of this order to file a notice of appearance, or to indicate to the court its inability to represent the petitioner in this case. See Order for Details. Signed by Judge Andrew P. Gordon on 2/16/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - cc: USM w/Petition at ECF No. 1 - JQC)

Download PDF
Case 2:21-cv-00221-APG-VCF Document 4 Filed 02/16/21 Page 1 of 3 1 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 3 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 4 Zeng Yijuan, 5 Petitioner, 6 v. Case No.: 2:21-cv-00221-APG-VCF Order 7 Robert M. Wilkinson, 1 et al., 8 Respondents. 9 10 Petitioner Zeng Yijuan, a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, has filed a habeas 11 corpus petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 that challenges her detention by the Department of 12 Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ECF No. 1. She has also filed 13 a motion for appointment of counsel. ECF No. 3. Having conducted an initial review of the 14 petition, I will direct service of the petition on respondents and grant the motion for appointment 15 of counsel. 16 Section 3006A of Title 18, U.S. Code, provides that counsel may be appointed for an 17 impoverished habeas petitioner “whenever the court determines that the interest of justice so 18 require.” 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B). In deciding whether to appoint counsel, the district court 19 “must evaluate the likelihood of success on the merits as well as the ability of the petitioner to 20 articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved.” Weygandt v. 21 Look, 718 F.2d 952, 954 (9th Cir. 1983); Rand v. Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997). 22 23 1 Acting U.S. Attorney General Robert M. Wilkinson is substituted for Jeffrey A. Rosen as a respondent. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d). Case 2:21-cv-00221-APG-VCF Document 4 Filed 02/16/21 Page 2 of 3 1 The Supreme Court has held that a post-removal detention exceeding six months is 2 presumptively unreasonable. See Zadvydas v. Davis, 533 U.S. 678, 701 (2001). According to her 3 petition, Yijuan was taken into custody on January 6, 2020, and ordered removed on March 16, 4 2020. Because she has been detained for longer than the presumptively reasonable period, 5 Yijuan’s petition has potential merit. In addition, Yijuan is unable to litigate this case without the 6 assistance of counsel due to the complexity of the legal issues involved and her claimed inability 7 to communicate in English. Based on these considerations, I conclude that the interests of justice 8 require appointment of counsel. 9 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Clerk SHALL SERVE copies of the petition 10 (with attached exhibit A 2) and this order upon respondents as follows: 11 1. By having the United States Marshal serve a copy of the petition and this order on the 12 United States Attorney for the District of Nevada or on an Assistant United States Attorney or 13 clerical employee designated by the United States Attorney pursuant to Rule 4(i)(1)(A) of the 14 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 15 2. By sending a copy of the petition and this order by registered or certified mail to the 16 following: (1) the Honorable Robert M. Wilkinson, Acting Attorney General of the United 17 States, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20530; (2) the 18 Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 19 Washington, DC 20528; (3) Kerri Ann Quihuis, Field Office Director, United States Immigration 20 and Customs Enforcement, 501 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101; and (4) Jeanne 21 22 2 Yijuan also attached a news article and two lengthy government reports to her petition. ECF No. 1 at 24-138. These items, which provide general information about repatriating detained 23 aliens to China, is available for review on the court’s docket but need not be included with this initial service. 2 Case 2:21-cv-00221-APG-VCF Document 4 Filed 02/16/21 Page 3 of 3 1 M. Kent, Officer in Charge, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 5650 Badura 2 Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89118. 3 Respondents are not required to respond to the petition pending appearance of counsel for 4 the petitioner. 5 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that petitioner’s motion for appointment of counsel (ECF 6 No. 3) is GRANTED. The Federal Public Defender for the District of Nevada (FPD) is appointed 7 to represent petitioner. If the FPD is unable to represent the petitioner, due to a conflict of 8 interest or other reason, then alternate counsel will be appointed. In either case, counsel will 9 represent the petitioner in all federal-court proceedings relating to this matter, unless allowed to 10 withdraw. 11 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the FPD shall have 10 days from the date of entry of 12 this order to file a notice of appearance, or to indicate to the court its inability to represent the 13 petitioner in this case. 14 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the court will establish a schedule for further 15 proceedings after counsel appears for the petitioner. 16 Dated: February 16, 2021 17 _________________________________ U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon 18 19 20 21 22 23 3

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.


Why Is My Information Online?