VENABLE v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ORDER denying as moot Petitioner MACARTHUR VENABLE's 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. See the attached Order for additional details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 10/12/2017. (lcapm1)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Case No. 17-cv-1608 (APM)
Petitioner MacArthur Venable seeks a writ of habeas corpus on the ground that Respondent
U.S. Parole Commission has not provided him with a timely supervised release revocation hearing.
See Pet., ECF No. 1. He seeks immediate release from custody. Id. at 8. For the reasons that
follow, the court denies his petition as moot.
Petitioner’s claim is moot because he already received the only relief available to him.
Absent delay that is so prejudicial that it constitutes a violation of due process, the sole remedy
available to a petitioner for an untimely revocation hearing is to compel the respondent to hold
such a hearing. See Howard v. Caufield, 765 F.3d 1, 11 (D.C. Cir. 2014); Sutherland v. McCall,
709 F.2d 730, 732 (D.C. Cir. 1983). Here, Respondent granted Petitioner a probable cause hearing
and a final revocation hearing, see Resp’t’s Opp’n, ECF No. 9, at 1–2, and Petitioner has not shown
that the alleged delay in receiving such hearings prejudiced him in any way. Furthermore,
Petitioner was released on September 8, 2017, see id at 2, and he presents no argument that there
exists a continuing case or controversy, see Spencer v. Kemna, 523 U.S. 9, 14 (1998); Lane v.
Williams, 455 U.S. 624, 631, 633 (1982); Speight v. Johnson, 969 F. Supp. 2d 10, 13 (D.D.C.
2013). Consequently, this case is moot.
The court dismisses this case as moot. This is a final, appealable Order.
Dated: October 12, 2017
Amit P. Mehta
United States District Judge
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