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IN RE: Robert DIXON (2019)

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United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

IN RE: Robert DIXON, Petitioner

No. 19-1292

Decided: June 26, 2019

Before: MCKEE, SHWARTZ and BIBAS, Circuit Judges Robert Dixon, Pro Se Jared M. Trent, Esq., Erie County Office of District Attorney, Erie, PA, for Defendant-Respondent


In February 2019, Robert Dixon filed this pro se mandamus petition requesting that the District Court be compelled to rule on his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition. However, on March 12, 2019, the District Court entered an order denying Dixon’s § 2254 petition. In light of the District Court’s action, this mandamus petition no longer presents a live controversy.1 Therefore, we will dismiss it as moot. See Blanciak v. Allegheny Ludlum Corp., 77 F.3d 690, 698-99 (3d Cir. 1996) (“If developments occur during the course of adjudication that eliminate a plaintiff’s personal stake in the outcome of a suit or prevent a court from being able to grant the requested relief, the case must be dismissed as moot.”)


1.   Dixon’s appeal of the denial of his § 2254 petition has been docketed at C.A. No. 19-1937.


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