USA v. Joshua Conlan
UNPUBLISHED OPINION ORDER FILED. [12-50694 Dismissed as Moot] Judge: EGJ , Judge: JWE , Judge: JEG Mandate pull date is 06/24/2013; granting motion to dismiss appeal filed by Appellee USA [7268776-2]; denying motion to relieve attorney filed by Appellant Mr. Joshua Adam Conlan [7267561-2]; denying motion to appoint counsel filed by Appellant Mr. Joshua Adam Conlan [7267561-3] [12-50694]
Date Filed: 06/03/2013
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
June 3, 2013
Lyle W. Cayce
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
JOSHUA ADAM CONLAN, also known as Joco,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Texas
USDC No. 1:11-CR-451-1
Before JOLLY, ELROD, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges.
Joshua Adam Conlan appeals the denial of his motion for immediate
release from custody. His motion was based on his having been detained for a
competency evaluation beyond the 45 days permitted under 18 U.S.C. §§ 4241(b)
and 4247(b). Conlan has since been found incompetent and detained under
§ 4241(d) for a determination of whether treatment might restore his
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.
Date Filed: 06/03/2013
The appeal is moot because Conlan is no longer detained under the terms
of § 4247(b) but under a later, unchallenged detention order. We can no longer
provide relief from the expired detention even if it were unlawful under
§ 4247(b). See United States v. Montelongo, 32 F.3d 565, 1994 WL 442366, *1
(5th Cir. July 25, 1994) (dismissing as moot a claim that the defendant was
unlawfully detained for a competency evaluation); see also 5TH CIR. RULE 47.5.3
(“Unpublished opinions issued before January 1, 1996, are precedent.”); McLain
v. Beto, 458 F.2d 503, 504 (5th Cir. 1972) (pretermitting the question of whether
interlocutory orders were appealable because the appeal was moot). Conlan fails
to show that there is a case or controversy raising issues that are “real and
substantial and not merely academic or speculative.” Troy State Univ. v. Dickey,
402 F.2d 515, 516 (5th Cir. 1968). Accordingly, the Government’s motion to
dismiss the appeal is GRANTED, and the appeal is DISMISSED AS MOOT.
Conlan’s motion to relieve present counsel and to appoint new counsel is
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