BARNETT v. BROWN

No. 2:16-cv-00426-JMS-DKL.

DORVAE' A. BARNETT, Petitioner, v. DICK BROWN, Respondent.

United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, Terre Haute Division.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 2254
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (State)
Nature of Suit: 530 Habeas Corpus (General)
Source: PACER


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

DORVAE' A. BARNETT, Petitioner, Pro Se.

DICK BROWN, Respondent, represented by Abigail T. Rom , OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.


Entry Dismissing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

JANE MAGNUS-STINSON, Chief District Judge.

The petitioner filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging a prison disciplinary proceeding, ISF 16-07-0455. The respondent has filed a motion to dismiss arguing that the challenged disciplinary proceeding and the sanctions resulting therefrom have been vacated, making this action moot. For the reasons set forth below, the respondent's motion to dismiss [dkt. 17] is granted and this action is dismissed as moot.

The petitioner was subject to disciplinary proceeding ISF 16-07-0455, in which he was found guilty of assaulting staff. His sanctions included the deprivation of 360 days earned credit time and the demotion from credit class II to III. He filed the instant petition for a writ of habeas corpus on November 4, 2016. While the instant case was pending, the Indiana Department of Correction final reviewing authority, on January 26, 2017, vacated the petitioner's disciplinary conviction and sanctions and designated the case for re-hearing.

"A case becomes moot when it no longer presents a case or controversy under Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution." Eichwedel v. Curry, 700 F.3d 275, 278 (7th Cir. 2012). "In general a case becomes moot when the issues presented are no longer live or the parties lack a legally cognizable interest in the outcome." Id. (citation and quotation marks omitted). A federal court may issue a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 only if it finds the applicant "is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a) (emphasis added). Therefore, a habeas action becomes moot if the Court can no longer "affect the duration of [the petitioner's] custody." White v. Ind. Parole Bd., 266 F.3d 759, 763 (7th Cir. 2001).

Here, the petitioner's conviction and sanctions were vacated and thus can no longer affect the duration of his custody. Accordingly, the petitioner's habeas action is moot. See id. An action which is moot must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. See Diaz v. Duckworth, 143 F.3d 345, 347 (7th Cir. 1998).

Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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