Black v. Dunn
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Chief Judge Karon O Bowdre on 11/7/2018. (JLC)
2018 Nov-07 AM 11:03
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
JEFFERSON S. DUNN, Commissioner )
of the Alabama Department of
Case No. 3:15-cv-00947-KOB-HNJ
This is an action by an Alabama state prisoner pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254,
challenging the validity of his 1998 sentence of life without parole, imposed in
Colbert County, Alabama, for a capital murder which petitioner committed when
he was 16 years old. This matter was stayed by the court on June 9, 2015, pending
the outcome of the United States Supreme Court case of Montgomery v. Louisiana,
cert. granted. 135 S. Ct. 1546 (2015), in which the Supreme Court was expected to
decide whether the holding in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012), applies
retroactively to cases on collateral review.
A recent review of Colbert County Circuit Court records in State of Alabama
v. Charles Black, Case No. CC-1997-212 & 212.63, indicated the petitioner’s
sentence was amended to Life with the Possibility of Parole on August 6, 2018, in
accordance with Miller and Montgomery. (Id. at doc. 5). Accordingly, on October
24, 2018, the magistrate judge ordered the petitioner to show cause why the stay
should not be lifted and this action dismissed as moot.
In response to the magistrate judge’s order, the petitioner has submitted a
motion to dismiss the petition as moot. (Doc. 11). The petitioner acknowledges
that he has obtained the relief requested in the petition. (Id. at 3). The petitioner’s
motion is GRANTED and this action should be dismissed as moot.
The court will enter a separate Final Order.
DONE and ORDERED this 7th day of November, 2018.
KARON OWEN BOWDRE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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