Kemp v. State, No. 23980.

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation203 W.Va. 1,506 S.E.2d 38
PartiesMichael V. KEMP, Petitioner below, Appellant, v. STATE of West Virginia, Respondent below, Appellee.
Docket NumberNo. 23980.
Decision Date16 December 1997

506 S.E.2d 38
203 W.Va.
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Michael V. KEMP, Petitioner below, Appellant,
v.
STATE of West Virginia, Respondent below, Appellee

No. 23980.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

Submitted September 9, 1997.

Decided December 16, 1997.


David L. Zehnder, Public Defender Corporation, Moundsville, for Appellant.

Darrell McGraw, Attorney General, Rory L. Perry, II, Assistant Attorney General, Charleston, for Appellee.

PER CURIAM:1

This is an appeal by a convicted felon, Michael V. Kemp, from a decision of the Circuit Court of Tyler County denying him relief in a habeas corpus proceeding. Mr. Kemp was being held in the West Virginia Penitentiary on four counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. In his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, Mr. Kemp claims that he was denied effective assistance of counsel at his trial and that the trial court had committed certain trial errors. One week prior to oral arguments, the appellant was released from the penitentiary, and we find that the extraordinary relief offered by the post-conviction writ of habeas corpus is not available to Mr. Kemp.

I.

In 1992 the appellant was charged with four counts of first degree sexual abuse for which he retained counsel. A criminal trial was conducted which resulted in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. A second trial was conducted in 1993 and Mr. Kemp was convicted on all four counts. He was sentenced to four consecutive one-to-five year terms in the West Virginia Penitentiary.

Mr. Kemp contends that his attorney was ineffective at his second trial. During the

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time between the first and second trials the prosecuting attorney was able to locate an expert who would testify concerning sexual abuse and children. However, no expert was contacted for the defense by Mr. Kemp's counsel

Mr. Kemp further contends that several times during voir dire and during the trial, his counsel appeared to be confused and ill-prepared.2 After conviction and sentencing, the appellant filed a pro se Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court of Tyler County which was denied. This is an appeal of that habeas corpus action.

This Court was advised by appellant's counsel that prior to oral arguments before this Court, the appellant had been released from the penitentiary.

II.

We find that because the appellant has already been released, his request for a writ of habeas corpus is moot.3 As we have previously noted:

Moot questions or abstract propositions, the decision of which would avail nothing in the determination of controverted rights of
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  • State v. Hutton, No. 14–0603.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Junio 2015
    ...354, 363 n. 10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n. 10 (1995) (internal quotations and citation omitted). See 235 W.Va. 736776 S.E.2d 633Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 2 n. 4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n. 4 (1997) ( “Although we hold that the appellant cannot, at this time, petition for a writ of habeas corpus, he......
  • State ex rel. Richey v. Hill, No. 31676.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 27 Mayo 2004
    ...in purely civil cases, it may still be available in a post-conviction context when the petitioner is not incarcerated. Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 2 n. 4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n. 4 (1997) (per curiam); State v. Eddie "Tosh" K., 194 W.Va. 354, 363 n. 10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n. 10 (199......
  • State v. Hutton, No. 14-0603
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Junio 2015
    ...v. Eddie Tosh K, 194 W. Va. 354, 363 n.10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n.10 (1995) (internal quotations and citation omitted). See Kemp v. State, 203 W. Va. 1, 2 n.4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n.4 (1997) ("Although we hold that the appellant cannot, at this time, petition for a writ of habeas corpus, ......
  • State ex rel. McCabe v. Seifert, No. 32976.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 29 Noviembre 2006
    ...684, 60 S.E. 873 (1908). See also, syl. pt. 5, Cooper v. City of Charleston, 218 W.Va. 279, 624 S.E.2d 716 (2005); syl., Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 506 S.E.2d 38 (1997). Similarly, syllabus point 1 of Tynes v. Shore, 117 W.Va. 355, 185 S.E. 845 (1936), holds: "Courts will not ordinari......
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  • State v. Hutton, No. 14–0603.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Junio 2015
    ...354, 363 n. 10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n. 10 (1995) (internal quotations and citation omitted). See 235 W.Va. 736776 S.E.2d 633Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 2 n. 4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n. 4 (1997) ( “Although we hold that the appellant cannot, at this time, petition for a writ of habeas corpus, he......
  • State ex rel. Richey v. Hill, No. 31676.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 27 Mayo 2004
    ...in purely civil cases, it may still be available in a post-conviction context when the petitioner is not incarcerated. Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 2 n. 4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n. 4 (1997) (per curiam); State v. Eddie "Tosh" K., 194 W.Va. 354, 363 n. 10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n. 10 (199......
  • State v. Hutton, No. 14-0603
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 16 Junio 2015
    ...v. Eddie Tosh K, 194 W. Va. 354, 363 n.10, 460 S.E.2d 489, 498 n.10 (1995) (internal quotations and citation omitted). See Kemp v. State, 203 W. Va. 1, 2 n.4, 506 S.E.2d 38, 39 n.4 (1997) ("Although we hold that the appellant cannot, at this time, petition for a writ of habeas corpus, ......
  • State ex rel. McCabe v. Seifert, No. 32976.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • 29 Noviembre 2006
    ...684, 60 S.E. 873 (1908). See also, syl. pt. 5, Cooper v. City of Charleston, 218 W.Va. 279, 624 S.E.2d 716 (2005); syl., Kemp v. State, 203 W.Va. 1, 506 S.E.2d 38 (1997). Similarly, syllabus point 1 of Tynes v. Shore, 117 W.Va. 355, 185 S.E. 845 (1936), holds: "Courts will not ordinari......
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