Filing 16

OPINION & ORDER that Mrs. Okwuego's 13 Motion for an Injunction and 14 Motion to Vacate Immigration Proceedings are DENIED (n/m). Signed by Judge John Michael Vazquez on 1/7/2021. (ams, )

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Case 2:20-cv-13153-JMV Document 16 Filed 01/07/21 Page 1 of 2 PageID: 238 NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY STEPHEN I. O. 1, Petitioner, v. WILLIAM ANDERSON, Respondent. : : : : : : : : : : : Civil Action No. 20-13153 (JMV) OPINION & ORDER VAZQUEZ, District Judge: Before the Court are Angelina Nkoli Okwuego’s motions for an injunction and to vacate immigration proceedings. (D.E. 13, 14.) Mrs. Okwuego is not a party in this case, and she is not an attorney. Rather, she is the Petitioner’s wife. As Mrs. Okwuego is not a party in this case, she may not file motions of this type or seek injunctive relief in this Court. See, e.g., Dail v. City of Goldsboro, No. 10-451, 2011 WL 2293904, at *1 (E.D.N.C. June 9, 2011). To the extent she is attempting to represent her husband’s interests, Mrs. Okwuego, as a layperson, cannot represent another party or file motions on behalf of her husband. See, e.g., Schlemmer v. Cent. Intelligence Agency, 804 F. App’x 127, 128 (3d Cir. 2020) (holding that a “non-attorney cannot represent another party”). For those reasons, the Court will deny Mrs. Okwuego’s motions. Accordingly, IT IS, on this 7th day of January 2021, 1 The Petitioner is identified herein only by his first name and the first initials of his surnames in order to address certain privacy concerns associated with § 2241 immigration cases. The identification of Petitioner in this manner comports with recommendations made by the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. Case 2:20-cv-13153-JMV Document 16 Filed 01/07/21 Page 2 of 2 PageID: 239 ORDERED that Mrs. Okwuego’s motion for an injunction and motion to vacate immigration proceedings, (D.E. 13, 14.), are DENIED; and it is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this Opinion and Order on Petitioner and Mrs. Okwuego by regular U.S. mail. ________________ ____________ JOHN MICHAEL VAZQUEZ United States District Judge 2

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