Djangmah v. Magafara et al
OPINION. Signed by Judge John Michael Vazquez on 3/1/17. (DD, ) N/M
NOT FOR PUBLICATION
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
VICTOR TETTEH RUFUS DJANGMAH, :
Civil Action No. 16-6966 (JMV)
VAZQUEZ, United States District Judge
On October 12, 2016, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York
transferred to this Court Victor Djangmah’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241 (ECF No. 1), challenging his prolonged detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (“ICE”). On January 27, 2017, this Court ordered Respondent to answer the petition.
(ECF No. 10.) Respondent submitted the Declaration of John J. Carey, ICE Deportation Officer,
stating that Petitioner was removed from the United States to Ghana on November 1, 2016. (ECF
No. 12-1.) Respondent contends the habeas petition is moot. (ECF No. 12.)
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
An appropriate Order follows.
Date: March 1, 2017
At Newark, New Jersey
s/ John Michael Vazquez
JOHN MICHAEL VAZQUEZ
United States District Judge
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