Leroy Wilson, Petitioner-appellant, v. Commissioner of the South Carolina Department Ofcorrections; Attorney General Sc, Respondents-appellees, 838 F.2d 469 (4th Cir. 1988)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 838 F.2d 469 (4th Cir. 1988) Submitted: Nov. 23, 1987. Decided: Jan. 14, 1988

Leroy Wilson, pro sse.

Frank Louis Valenta, Jr., Office of the Attorney General, for appellees.

Before DONALD RUSSELL and JAMES DICKSON PHILLIPS, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.


Leroy Wilson appeals the district court's denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. In his petition Wilson alleged that he was being held in custody beyond the expiration date of his sentence. We conclude that this appeal is moot because Wilson challenges only factors that delayed his release date; and because he has already been released from custody, we find no purpose in reaching the merits of his arguments. Vandenberg v. Rodgers, 801 F.2d 377, 378 (10th Cir. 1986).

Wilson faces no collateral consequences as a result of this dismissal as moot. He has been released and therefore has obtained the relief that he sought. No live controversy remains. Lane v. Williams, 455 U.S. 624, 633 (1982). Finally, this case does not present an issue capable of repetition yet evading review.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2106, we vacate the district court's order and dismiss the petition because it has become moot on appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the dispositive issues recently have been decided authoritatively. A certificate of probable cause to appeal is granted.