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Leslie v. Att'y General, 11-2442

In a case in which the government detained a Jamaican national for nearly four years without a bond hearing pending removal proceedings, a district court order denying a writ of habeas corpus is reversed, and the appeal is remanded with instructions to conduct an individualized bond hearing, where: 1) the prisoner's detention was "pre-removal" under 8 USC section 1226, rather than "post-removal" under 8 USC section 1331, and thus could not exceed a reasonable length of time; and 2) the prisoner was only responsible for a five-week delay for unspecified medical reasons, and the rest of the delay was caused by his pursuit of bona fide legal challenges to his removal.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/19/2012
  • Published 03/19/2012


  • Garth


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Flor M. Suarez

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