Chapman v. Secretary, DOC et al
OPINION AND ORDER re: 1 Petition for writ of habeas corpus is dismissed. The Clerk of Court is hereby directed to enter judgment accordingly, terminate any pending motions, and close the file. Signed by Judge Sheri Polster Chappell on 4/11/2018. (SLU)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
FORT MYERS DIVISION
ROBERT WARREN CHAPMAN,
Case No: 2:17-cv-343-FtM-38CM
SECRETARY, DOC and FLORIDA
OPINION AND ORDER1
This matter comes before the Court on the Secretary of the Department of
Corrections Suggestion of Death of Petitioner (Doc. 12) filed on January 23, 2018.
According to Classifications Supervisor Oudshoff, Petitioner passed away on November
12, 2017. The Department of Corrections website shows Petitioner as deceased. (Doc.
12 at 4).
If an event after the filing of the lawsuit deprives “the court of the ability to give the
plaintiff or appellant meaningful relief, then the case is moot and must be dismissed.”
Soliman v. United States ex rel. INS, 296 F.3d 1237, 1242 (11th Cir. 2002) (internal
quotation marks and citation omitted); see also Spencer v. Kemna, 523 U.S. 1, 7 (1998)
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(“Throughout the litigation, the plaintiff ‘must have suffered or be threatened with, an
actual injury traceable to the defendant and likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial
decision.’”) (citation omitted). Petitioner is deceased and the Court is deprived of the
ability to give him meaningful relief. As such, Petitioner’s Petition is moot and must be
Accordingly, it is now
1. Petitioner Robert Warren Chapman’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc.
1) is DISMISSED.
2. The Clerk of Court is hereby directed to enter judgment accordingly, terminate
any pending motions, and close the file.
DONE and ORDERED in Fort Myers, Florida this 11th day of April, 2018.
All Parties of Record
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