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In the Matter of Injah Tafari v. Albert Prack

State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division Third Judicial Department


November 17, 2011

IN THE MATTER OF INJAH TAFARI, APPELLANT,
v.
ALBERT PRACK, AS ACTING DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL HOUSING AND INMATE DISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS, RESPONDENT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court (Feldstein, J.), entered April 25, 2011 in Franklin County, which dismissed petitioner's application, in a proceeding pursuant to CPLR article 78, to review a determination of the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision modifying a previous prison disciplinary determination and upholding the penalty imposed.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Calendar Date: September 28, 2011

Before: Mercure, J.P., Peters, Malone Jr., Kavanagh and Stein, JJ.

Petitioner, a prison inmate, was found guilty of several prison disciplinary infractions pursuant to a January 5, 2007 tier III disciplinary hearing. Ultimately, this Court found that petitioner was improperly denied a witness, reversed the determination of guilt with respect to the charge of unauthorized organizational activity and remitted the matter to the Commissioner of Corrections and Community Supervision for further proceedings (Matter of Tafari v Selsky, 76 AD3d 1123, 1124 [2010], lv dismissed 16 NY3d 783 [2011]). Upon remittal, the Commissioner, in September 2010, dismissed the charge of unauthorized organizational activity but made no change to the previously imposed penalty. Petitioner thereafter commenced this CPLR article 78 proceeding, contending that the Commissioner's actions were in violation of this Court's remittal order. Supreme Court dismissed the petition, and petitioner now appeals.

We affirm. Inasmuch as the Commissioner dismissed the charge of unauthorized organizational activity and the penalties assessed for the remaining charges of which petitioner was found guilty were within the permissible range and were not "shocking to one's sense of fairness," we find no error (Matter of Phipps v Fischer, 82 AD3d 1396, 1397 [2011]; see Matter of Barton v New York State Dept. of Correctional Servs., 81 AD3d 1029, 1030 [2011]). With regard to petitioner's argument that the picture giving rise to the charge of unauthorized organizational activity should be returned to him, we note that the picture has been destroyed in conformity with departmental procedures, rendering his argument moot (see e.g. Matter of Sills v New York State Div. of State Police, 248 AD2d 920, 921 [1998]; Matter of Duban v State Bd. of Law Examiners, 157 AD2d 946, 947 [1990], lv dismissed 75 NY2d 945 [1990]).

Mercure, J.P., Peters, Malone Jr., Kavanagh and Stein, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the judgment is affirmed, without costs.

ENTER:

Robert D. Mayberger Clerk of the Court

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