By Kaitlin Price
On February 25, 2015, in an unpublished opinion of the criminal case, United States v. Robinson the Fourth Circuit dismissed the appeal as moot in regards to the sentencing challenge and affirmed the district court’s judgment.
Robinson’s Sentence Was Already Served
Tyanna Robinson appealed the district court’s judgment which revoked her supervised release and sentenced her to 10 months imprisonment with an additional 12 month supervised release to follow. However, during the time in which the case was pending Robinson was released from prison and began serving her supervised release.
No Live Issue For Appeal
The Fourth Circuit explained that because Robinson had already served her ten month imprisonment sentence the issue on appeal was moot. The Fourth Circuit explained that there must be “a live case or controversy” in order for the court to have Article III jurisdiction. The Court explained that the issue of whether the ten month sentencing was improper is moot because there was no longer a “live case or controversy.” The Court did address whether the district court’s decision to revoke supervised release and impose additional supervised release following the ten month sentencing was proper. The Fourth Circuit reviewed the record and found no meritorious issues for appeal.