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Immigration Law

CA1 on Bond, Burden of Proof: Hernandez-Lara v. Lyons

Hernandez-Lara v. Lyons

"[W]e hold that, in order to continue detaining Hernandez under section 1226(a), due process requires the government to either (1) prove by clear and convincing evidence that she poses a danger to the community or (2) prove by a preponderance of the evidence that she poses a flight risk. ... For the foregoing reasons, we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand to the district court with instructions to allow the government, should it wish to do so, to conduct a new hearing before the Immigration Judge at which, in order to reinstitute Hernandez's detention, the government will need to prove flight risk by a preponderance of the evidence."

[Hats off to Bryanna K. Devonshire, with whom Courtney H.G. Herz, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA, Gilles Bissonnette, Henry Klementowicz, SangYeob Kim, and American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, were on brief, for appellee!]