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The People of the State of New York Ex Rel. John D. Vanille v. Superintendent

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


March 25, 2011

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK EX REL. JOHN D. VANILLE,
PETITIONER-RESPONDENT,
v.
SUPERINTENDENT, ORLEANS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF PAROLE AND NEW YORK
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, RESPONDENTS-APPELLANTS.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Orleans County (Tracey A. Bannister, J.), entered May 8, 2009 in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 70. The judgment granted the petition for a writ of habeas corpus and discharged petitioner from the custody of respondents.

People ex rel. JOHN D. VANILLE v Superintendent

Appellate Division, Fourth Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Decided on March 25, 2011

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., FAHEY, CARNI, SCONIERS, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

(APPEAL NO. 2.)

It is hereby ORDERED that said appeal is unanimously dismissed without costs.

Memorandum: Respondents appeal from a judgment granting the petition seeking a writ of habeas corpus with respect to petitioner's civil commitment pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law article 10. We conclude that the appeal must be dismissed as moot. Here, there is no pending action that would provide a legal basis upon which petitioner may be detained, and thus "the rights of the parties cannot be affected by the determination of this appeal" (Matter of Hearst Corp. v Clyne, 50 NY2d 707, 714; see generally People ex rel. Hampton v Dennison, 59 AD3d 951, lv denied 12 NY3d 711; People ex rel. Cook v Leonardo, 271 AD2d 773). We further conclude that this appeal does not fall within the exception to the mootness doctrine (see generally Hearst, 50 NY2d at 714-715). Entered: March 25, 2011 Patricia L. Morgan Clerk of the Court

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