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Widdison v. Utah Bd. of Pardons & Parole, 2021 UT 12 (Apr. 29, 2021)

Apr 29, 2021

An inmate filed a petition for extraordinary relief arguing that the parole board violated her constitutional rights by rescinding her parole.  The court dismissed the petition as moot because the parole board reinstated the inmate’s parole after the appeal was filed, and the court held that the public interest exception to mootness did not apply because the issue was not likely to evade review.  The majority held that an issue can be likely to evade review in two situations: when it is inherently short in duration, or because of a party’s likely actions.  The concurring opinion argued that an issue can be likely to evade review only when it is inherently short in duration.