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Augustine Opposed Deportation to Haiti Citing Torture Now Habeus Before SDNY Judge Liman

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE,  June 25 – With little public notice there was on June 25 a proceeding on an emergency habeus corpus petition by Daniel Augustin suing William Barr and Chad Wolf, held at 5 pm before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman. Inner City Press covered it.

 The lack of notice did not appear to be for an attempt to skirt transparency but rather a fast response to a request for emergency action.    Augustine is facing deportation to Haiti based on in part on robbing a pair of sandals; he cited Convention Against Torture.   

 The habeus petition says "Augustin applied to the Immigration Judge for protection under the Convention Against Torture based on his condition as a person with serious mental illness, a substantial criminal history, and no resources in Haiti."

Judge Liman asked why it was filed now.  The petititoner's lawyer cited  shortness of breath and COVID-19 in Bergen County Jail where he is detained.  

 A briefing schedule was set. A threshold issue, that's arisen in other cases Inner City Press has been covering about the New Jersey jails ICE uses, is whether the case should in in NJ instead of SDNY.

The case is Augustin v. Decker, et al., 20-cv-4862 (Liman). 


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