Bruce Rishton (“Rishton”), formerly an inmate in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction (“TDOC”), filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the Circuit Court for Bledsoe County (“the Trial Court”) against officials Warden Jim Morrow, Deputy Warden Andrew Lewis, and, Associate Warden of Operations C. Owens (collectively “the Respondents”). Rishton alleged that the warden acted illegally and arbitrarily in denying him his musical instrument. The Respondents filed a motion to dismiss. The Trial Court dismissed the case, holding, inter alia, that the warden’s decision was administrative in nature and not subject to review by writ of certiorari. Rishton appeals. We hold that, as Rishton has since been released from TDOC custody, this case has become moot on appeal. We affirm the Trial Court.read more »
Bruce Rishton, pro se appellant.
Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter; William Young, Solicitor General; and, Lee Pope, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellees, Jim Morrow, Warden; Andrew Lewis, Deputy Warden; and, C. Owens, Associate Warden of Operations.