Friday, September 12, 2014

'What HE Said!': Eastern District of Louisiana Judge Affirms Plaintiff Brief, Denies Government Motion to Dismiss Deported U.S. Citizen's FTCA Claims

On August 4, 2014 Andres Robles, through his attorney Andrew Free, went on record with a motion explaining why the court had jurisdiction to hear his case under the Federal Torts Claims Act.

Two days later district court judge Carl Barbier in Louisiana endorsed it.

The one-line decision states: "For the reasons outlined in Plaintiff's Opposition, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the government's Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction (Rec. Doc. 18) is DENIED."

(Free's 15-page motion is instructive reading for anyone wanting to sue DHS for malicious prosecution.  See below for full pleadings.)

U.S. citizen Andres Robles may pursue redress for his country's refusal to recognize him as a citizen, leading to his detention, deportation, and further Kafkaesque ordeals from the persistent incorrect entries in federal databases.

For the original complaint and background, please go here.

The more recent motions from July and August, 2014 are here:

Government Motion and Exhibit (Defense/dates of filings)
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss (07/25/2014)
Exhibit-Acuna Declaration, noting June 2014 update of records (07/25/2014)

Andres Robles Motion and Exhibits (Plaintiff/dates of filings)
Response In Opposition to Motion to Dismiss (08/04/2014)
Exhibit 1- Order in Ortega (08/04/2014)
Exhibit 2- Order in Ibrahim (08/04/2014)

Judge's order

For details on Andres's case from when States Without Nations broke the story based on information from outraged attorney Larry Fabacher, please read the Andres Robles tag, which includes his
interview by NPR's Story Court (along with his sister Maria) and his interview on Al Jazeera English.

(Full disclosure: lucky for me, Andrew Free also is my FOIA attorney.)

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