IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
October 27, 2011
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA; HON. RAYMOND A. NOVAK; HON. JEFFREY MANNING; DISTRICT ATTORNEYS; ROBERT COLVILLE; STEPHEN ZAPPALA, JR.; SUPERINTENDENT, S.C.I. GREENSBURG AND MR. MAZURKIEWICZ,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Cercone
Magistrate Judge Lenihan
On November 23, 2010, the above captioned case was initiated by the filing of a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus and was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge for pretrial proceedings in accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. ' 636(b)(1), and the Local Rules for Magistrate Judges.
The Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation filed on August 30, 2011 (ECF No. 13) recommended that the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus be dismissed as untimely and that a certificate of appealability be denied. On September 13, 2011, the envelope containing the Report and Recommendation was returned to the Court marked DECEASED.
A petitioner's attack on a criminal conviction or sentence in federal court is rendered moot by the death of the petitioner. See Lockhart v. McCree, 476 U.S. 162, 168 n. 2 (1986); McClendon v. Trigg, 79 F.3d 557 (7th Cir. 1996); Nonnenberg v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Civil No. 08- 1512, 2009 WL 260997, 2 (M.D. Pa. Feb. 4 2009). And even assuming the form of notice is not sufficient to establish the death of the petitioner, the Petition is subject to dismissal for the reasons set forth in the magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation of August 30, 2011. As such, the following order is entered.
AND NOW, this 27th day of October, 2011;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is DISMISSED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss (ECF No. 11) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a certificate of appealability is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court mark this case CLOSED.
The magistrate judge's report and recommendation of August 30, 2011 (Doc. No. 13) as augmented herein is adopted as the opinion of the court.
David Stewart Cercone United States District Judge
cc: Counsel of record.
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