State ex rel. Lusane v. Pittman

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[Cite as State ex rel. Lusane v. Pittman, 2016-Ohio-3236.] IN THE COURT OF APPEALS ELEVENTH APPELLATE DISTRICT PORTAGE COUNTY, OHIO STATE OF OHIO ex rel. MATTHEW M. LUSANE, : Relator, PER CURIAM OPINION : CASE NO. 2015-P-0085 - vs - : HONORABLE JUDGE LAURIE J. PITTMAN, : : Respondent. Original Action for Writ of Procedendo. Judgment: Petition dismissed. Matthew M. Lusane, pro se, PID: A660-925, Trumbull Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 640, Leavittsburg, OH 44430 (Relator). Victor V. Vigluicci, Portage County Prosecutor, and Denise L. Smith, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, 241 South Chestnut Street, Ravenna, OH 44266 (For Respondent). PER CURIAM. {¶1} Respondent, Judge Laurie J. Pittman, moves to dismiss relator, Matthew M. Lusane’s, petition for a writ of procedendo due to mootness. Relator does not oppose. Dismissal is warranted. {¶2} Relator seeks a writ ordering respondent to rule on a petition for postconviction relief that he filed in his underlying criminal case. Shortly after requesting the writ, respondent issued a judgment disposing of the postconviction petition and ruling upon all other pending motions. Certified copies of those judgments are before this court. {¶3} “A writ of procedendo is ‘an order from a court of superior jurisdiction to one of inferior jurisdiction to proceed to judgment,’ and ‘is appropriate when a court has either refused to render a judgment or has unnecessarily delayed proceeding to judgment.’ State ex rel. Davey v. Owen, 133 Ohio St. 96, 106, 12 N.E.2d 144 (1937), and State ex rel. Crandall, Pheils & Wisniewski v. DeCessna, 73 Ohio St.3d 180, 184, 1995 Ohio 98, 652 N.E. 2d 742 (1995). ‘[P]rocedendo will not issue to compel the performance of a duty that has already been performed.’ State ex rel. Clay v. Gee, 138 Ohio St.3d 151, 2014-Ohio-48, 4 N.E.3d 1026, ¶5.” State ex rel. Hundzsa v. Pittman, 11th Dist. Portage No. 2014-P-0066, 2015-Ohio-569, ¶3. {¶4} Mootness is a basis for dismissing a procedendo petition. Moreover, a motion to dismiss may be supported with certified judgments. See State ex rel. Davies v. Schroeder, 11th Dist. Ashtabula No. 2013-A-0059, 2014Ohio-973, ¶6-8; Davis v. Burt, 11th Dist. Geauga No. 2011-G-3009, 2011-Ohio5340, ¶5-8. There is no dispute that respondent has issued a judgment that fully disposes of relator’s postconviction petition. As a writ of procedendo cannot be used to control the substance of a judge’s decision, Hundzsa, at ¶4, the merits of relator’s procedendo petition is moot in all respects. {¶5} Respondent’s motion to dismiss is granted. 2 TIMOTHY P. CANNON, J., THOMAS R. WRIGHT, J., COLLEEN MARY O’TOOLE J., concur. 3