REDMOND v. KNIGHT
ENTRY granting Respondent's 15 Motion to Dismiss (see Entry for details). Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. Copy to Petitioner via US Mail. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 11/5/2014. (SWM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
JOHN H. REDMOND, IV
) Case No.1:13-cv-1572-WTL-TAB
Entry Dismissing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
In a prison disciplinary proceeding identified as No. CIC 13-07-0225, John Redmond was
found guilty of violating prison rules and was sanctioned with a written reprimand, a thirty-day
loss of telephone privileges, and a fifteen-day earned credit time deprivation. On August 21, 2014,
after additional review of this case, the Indiana Department of Correction (“DOC”) dismissed the
disciplinary case and rescinded the sanctions. The disciplinary conviction and earned credit time
deprivation under case number CIC 13-07-0225 no longer appears in Redmond’s DOC records.
See Declaration of Joel Lyttle. Though he challenges this assertion, Redmond has presented no
evidence to the contrary. Because the sanctions have been rescinded and the disciplinary action has
been expunged from his records, Redmond’s habeas challenge is moot. Church of Scientology of
Cal. v. United States, 506 U.S. 9, 12 (1992) (Aif an event occurs while a case is pending . . . that
makes it impossible for the court to grant >any effectual relief whatever= to a prevailing party, the
[case] must be dismissed.@)(quoting Mills v. Green, 159 U.S. 651, 653 (1895)). "A case is moot
when issues presented are no longer 'live' or the parties lack a legally cognizable interest in the
outcome." Erie v. Pap's A.M., 529 U.S. 277, 287 (2000) (internal citations omitted).
An action which is moot must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Board of Educ. of
Downers Grove Grade School Dist. No. 58 v. Steven L., 89 F.3d 464, 467 (7th Cir. 1996), cert.
denied, 117 S. Ct. 1556 (1997). The fact that the habeas claim was not moot when filed does not
prevent the recognition that the claim became moot once the suspended sanction could no longer
be imposed. See United States v. Munsingwear, Inc., 340 U.S. 36, 39 (1950). AThe requisite
personal interest that must exist at the commencement of the litigation . . . must continue
throughout its existence.@ Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona, 520 U.S. 43, 68 n.22
(1997)(internal quotation marks omitted).
The respondent’s motion to dismiss [dkt 15] is granted. Judgment consistent with this
Entry shall now issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
JOHN H. REDMOND, IV
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