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In re Mann

Court of Appeals of Texas, Second District, Fort Worth

December 12, 2013

IN RE JEFFREY CHARLES MANN RELATOR

ORIGINAL PROCEEDING

PANEL: LIVINGSTON, C.J.; DAUPHINOT and GARDNER, JJ.

MEMORANDUM OPINION [1]

PER CURIAM

We have considered relator Jeffrey Charles Mann's Application for Writ of Mandamus, relator's Addendum/Supplement to Application for Writ of Mandamus, the State's response to relator's mandamus petition, relator's reply to the State's response, and the State's response to relator's reply. We are compelled to deny the mandamus petition as moot.

In relator's mandamus petition, he contends that in relation to several 2003 convictions, a Denton County district court ordered all non-contraband property that the State had seized to be returned to him. Relator asks this court to order the district court to enforce its order requiring the return of the property.

We confirmed that on June 6, 2003, the trial court entered an order that stated in part, "It is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that all non-contraband evidence in the above styled and numbered causes shall be released to the designated agent of Jeffrey Charles Mann." Therefore, we ordered the State to respond to relator's petition. In its response, the State represented that "all of the property" at issue has been quite recently destroyed and that "no property remain[s]."[2] In relator's reply brief, he expresses disagreement with many of the statements contained in the State's response, but he appears to concede that the property has been permanently destroyed.

Relator's sole requested relief in his mandamus petition—the enforcement of a plea bargain agreement[3] and order to achieve the return of his property— now appears to be impossible. Thus, we must conclude and are constrained to hold that relator's mandamus petition is moot. See In re HEB Grocery Co., No. 14-10-00270-CV, 2010 WL 1790881, at *1 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] May 6, 2010, orig. proceeding [mand. denied]) (mem. op.) (explaining that an "issue may be moot if it becomes impossible for the court to grant effectual relief for any reason"); A Am. Stamp & Novelty Mfg. Co. v. Wettman, 658 S.W.2d 241, 243 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 1983, orig. proceeding) ("A writ of mandamus will not issue if . . . the ultimate object sought to be accomplished is impossible of attainment. . . . Under such circumstances, the courts have considered that the subject matter is moot and have refused to order the issuance of a writ of mandamus."); see ...


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