YEAGER v. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS et al
ORDER THAT THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS 1 IS DISMISSED AS MOOT; THE COMMONWEALTH'S MOTION TO DISMISS PETITION 5 IS GRANTED; THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 7 IS APPROVED AND ADOPTED; BECAUSE PETITIONER HAS NOT MAD A SUBSTANTIAL SHOWING OF THE DENIAL OF A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, THERE ARE NO GROUNDS ON WHICH TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF APPEALABILITY. SIGNED BY HONORABLE PAUL S. DIAMOND ON 4/18/16. 4/19/16 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED TO PRO SE AND E-MAILED.(ti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
DONALD PHILLIP YEAGER, JR.
OF CORRECTIONS, et al.,
Civ. No. 16-104
On January 8, 2016, state prisoner Donald Phillip Yeager, Jr., proceeding pro se, sought
habeas relief, challenging his denial of parole on various grounds.
(Doc. No. 1.)
Commonwealth Respondents have moved to dismiss the Petition on the grounds that it is moot.
(Doc. No. 5.) I referred the matter to Magistrate Judge Hart, who has recommended denying
relief because the Petition has been rendered moot by Petitioner’s release from custody. (Doc.
No objections to the Report and Recommendation have been raised. (Doc. No. 9.)
Accordingly, I must “satisfy [myself] that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order
to accept the recommendation.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b) Advisory Committee Notes; see also
Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987) (the district court must “afford some
level of review” when no objections have been made).
Having reviewed the Report, I see no clear errors. As Judge Hart found, Petitioner was
paroled on February 9, 2015. In these circumstances, the Petition is moot because Petitioner has
alleged no collateral consequences of his conviction. See Spencer v. Kemna, 523 U.S. 1, 7
(1998) (prisoner’s habeas petition becomes moot upon release unless he can demonstrate some
persisting “collateral consequence” that is “likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial
decision”); Leyva v. Williams, 504 F.3d 357, 363 (3d Cir. 2007) (“After a petitioner’s release
from custody, we consider his habeas case moot unless he ‘can demonstrate he will suffer some
collateral consequences if his conviction is allowed to stand.’”).
Indeed, as in Burkey v.
Marberry, Petitioner has attacked only what the Department of Corrections has done, not the
reasonableness or validity of his instant parole term. See 556 F.3d 142, 148 (3d Cir. 2009). I
thus need not presume collateral consequences. Id. Accordingly, I will adopt Judge Hart’s
Recommendation, grant the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, and deny the Petition as moot.
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AND NOW, this 18th day of April, 2016, upon careful and independent consideration of
the Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. No. 1), and after review of Judge Hart’s Report
and Recommendation (Doc. No. 7), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. No. 1) is DISMISSED as moot;
2. The Commonwealth’s Motion to Dismiss Petition (Doc. No. 5) is GRANTED;
3. The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation (Doc. No. 7) is APPROVED
4. Because Petitioner has not made a substantial showing of the denial of a
constitutional right, there are no grounds on which to issue a certificate of
AND IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Paul S. Diamond
Paul S. Diamond, J.
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