Pioch v. Quintana
MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER: 1. Pioch's petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DENIED AS MOOT; 2. Judgment will be entered contemporaneously; 3. This matter is CLOSED and STRICKEN from the Court's active docket. Signed by Judge Gregory F. VanTatenhove on 11/16/2020.(SLH)cc: COR, Pioch (US Mail)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
Civil Action No. 5:20-cv-403-GFVT
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Susan Pioch, an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, filed a
petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 regarding her ability to access
FMC-Lexington’s video conferencing equipment for a resentencing proceeding. [See R. 1.] The
Respondent has now filed a response to the petition. After reviewing this response as well as the
record in Pioch’s criminal case, the Court DENIES Pioch’s request for relief as moot.
In her petition, Pioch alleged that FMC-Lexington was preventing her from accessing
video technology for a resentencing proceeding in her underlying Northern District of Ohio
criminal case. [Id.] Pioch claimed that others were utilizing the technology but that she had not
been allowed to do so. Further, she argued that she had a constitutional right to attend her
hearing virtually to avoid contracting Covid-19 during a physical transfer back to Ohio. [Id.]
The Respondent’s response to Pioch’s petition asserted that a video conference for Pioch was
scheduled for November 10, 2020. [R. 8 at 4.] And, in fact, the record in Pioch’s criminal case
indicates that the proceeding successfully occurred. Pioch was resentenced via video, with
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defense counsel present, before Judge James G. Carr in the Northern District of Ohio on
November 10. See United States v. Pioch, et al., Case No. 3:14-cr-403-JGC-1 (N.D. Ohio 2014).
Resentencing via video conference is the only relief Pioch requested in her § 2241
petition. [See R. 1 at 5 (“I am not challenging the jury verdict to convict, nor the Sixth Circuit
remand with instructions to remove the 2-point enhancement. I am trying to get video
resentenced . . . .”).] Accordingly, Pioch’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus is now moot, and
there is no case or controversy for this Court to decide. “If a case in federal court loses its
character as an actual, live controversy at any point during its pendency, it is said to be moot.
When that happens, the case is no longer within the jurisdiction of the federal courts, and
therefore must be dismissed.” Pettrey v. Enterprise Title Agency, Inc., 584 F.3d 701, 703 (6th
Cir. 2009) (internal citations omitted).
For these reasons, the Court hereby ORDERS as follows:
Pioch’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 is
DENIED AS MOOT;
Judgment will be entered contemporaneously herewith; and
This matter is CLOSED and STRICKEN from the Court’s active docket.
This the 16th day of November, 2020.
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