The case arises in the context of a habeas corpus petition filed by the Federal Public Defender on behalf of Cristian Aguasvivas, who is from the Dominican Republic. That country is seeking to extradite him for allegedly shooting to death a drug police officer. Aguasvivas claims he is innocent and the victim of rampant police corruption in that country that includes kidnappings, torture and extrajudicial killings. An immigration appeals board agreed, but the federal government is nonetheless still seeking to extradite him back there.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project attorney Cody Wofsy will be arguing the case with the Federal Defender in support of Aguasvivas’s petition.
The ACLU’s brief and other information about the case can be found here: