Toney v. Berkebile
ORDER DISMISSING PETITIONERS APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2241 AS MOOT. This case is dismissed in its entirety. By Judge Christine M. Arguello on 05/16/2014. (athom, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Christine M. Arguello
Civil Action No. 14-cv-00347-CMA-BNB
JOE M. TONEY, JR.,
WARDEN D. A. BERKEBILE,
ORDER DISMISSING PETITIONER’S APPLICATION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS
CORPUS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 2241 AS MOOT
This matter is before the Court on Petitioner’s Application for Writ of Habeas
Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. # 1). On March 24, 2014, Respondent filed
an answer to Petitioner’s application, stating that the relief Petitioner requested has
been granted. (Doc. # 15.) On March 31, 2014, this Court entered an order to show
cause why the case should not be dismissed as moot. Petitioner responded to the
show cause order with a concern that despite Respondent’s representations, his good
conduct time had not been restored. (Doc. ## 17, 19.) This Court directed Respondent
to submit documentation that Petitioner’s good conduct time has been restored. (Doc.
# 20.) On May 1, 2014, Respondent provided documentation that the incident report
at issue is no longer included in Petitioner’s disciplinary history, that the incident report
was expunged, and that no good conduct time was taken from Petitioner with respect
to this incident. (Doc. # 22.)
Mootness is an issue of subject matter jurisdiction which can be raised at any
stage of the proceedings. Kennedy v. Lubar, 273 F.3d 1293, 1301-02 (10th Cir. 2001).
“A case is moot when the issues presented are no longer ‘live’ or the parties lack a
legally cognizable interest in the outcome.” Hain v. Mullin, 327 F.3d 1177, 1180 (10th
Cir.2003) (quotations omitted). “‘The hallmark of a moot case or controversy is that the
relief sought can no longer be given or is no longer needed.’” Unified Sch. Dist. No. 259
v. Disability Rights Ctr. of Kan., 491 F.3d 1143, 1150 (10th Cir. 2007) (quoting N.M.
Env’t Dep’t v. Foulston, 4 F.3d 887, 889 (10th Cir. 1993). A habeas petition seeking to
overturn a disciplinary conviction is moot when that disciplinary conviction is set aside.
See, e.g., Craft v. Jones, 473 F. App’x 843, 845-46 (10th Cir. 2012). Respondents
represent with record support that the “incident report has been expunged, [Petitioner’s]
lost phone privileges have been restored,” (Doc. # 15 at 4), and “all good conduct time
relating to this incident has been restored” (Doc. # 22 at 2). Accordingly, Petitioner’s
application is moot and should be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
See Craft, 473 F. App’x at 45-46.
Based on the foregoing, it is ORDERED that Petitioner’s Application for Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. # 1) is DISMISSED AS MOOT,
and this case is DISMISSED IN ITS ENTIRETY. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that there is no basis on which to issue a certificate of
appealability pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c).
BY THE COURT:
CHRISTINE M. ARGUELLO
United States District Judge
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