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The People of the State of New York Ex Rel. Thomas Aikens v. Dawson Brown

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


February 8, 2013

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK EX REL. THOMAS AIKENS,
PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
DAWSON BROWN, SUPERINTENDENT, GROVELAND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,
RESPONDENT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court, Livingston County (Dennis S. Cohen, A.J.), entered January 13, 2011 in a habeas corpus proceeding.

People ex rel. Aikens v Brown

Released on February 8, 2013

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.

PRESENT: SMITH, J.P., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY, SCONIERS, AND VALENTINO, JJ.

The judgment dismissed the petition.

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

Memorandum:

Petitioner appeals from a judgment dismissing his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. We note at the outset that the date on which judgment was entered is incorrect in petitioner's notice of appeal. The index number in the notice of appeal is correct, however, and we exercise our discretion to treat the notice of appeal as valid (see CPLR 5520 [c]; People v Mitchell, 93 AD3d 1173, 1173, lv denied 19 NY3d 999; People ex rel. Cass v Khahaifa, 89 AD3d 1517, 1517-1518).

Petitioner concedes that he was released to parole supervision before this appeal was perfected, and we thus conclude that the appeal has been rendered moot (see People ex rel. Campolito v Hale, 70 AD3d 1474, 1474). The exception to the mootness doctrine does not apply herein (see id.). In any event, petitioner was not deprived of due process because he personally did not receive the decision revoking his parole. Notice to petitioner's attorney served as notice to petitioner (see People ex rel. Knowles v Smith, 54 NY2d 259, 266). "[I]t is notification, not personal notification, that is a requirement of due process" (id.).

Entered: February 8, 2013

Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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