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Commercial Appeal
January 17, 2019

Manuel Duran case: Judge denies release on bond to detained reporter
By Daniel Connolly


Now that the judge has denied Duran's bond, his legal team has several options, but they would all take months to complete, said Willis, the attorney. He could file with the Board of Immigration Appeals or he could file a habeus corpus petition with a federal court, she said. Duran's legal team had tried both those routes at earlier points in his case, without success. Duran could also wait for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a final ruling on his motion to reopen his immigration case, Willis said. If that happens, the appeals court would send his asylum claim back to an immigration judge for a new hearing and Duran could try once again to win release on bond. It's unclear how long the process before the 11th Circuit would take, in part because the federal government is sometimes asking for stays because some their attorneys are on furlough, Willis said. And the government shutdown has likewise caused tens of thousands of hearing cancellations in the nation's immigration courts, leading to further delays in an already backlogged system, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.


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