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Guyse v. State

Court of Appeals of Mississippi

November 5, 2019

ROGER LEON GUYSE, III A/K/A ROGER GUYSE APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLEE

          DATE OF JUDGMENT: 09/01/2017

          NEWTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT TRIAL JUDGE: HON. CHRISTOPHER A. COLLINS

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: ROGER LEON GUYSE III (PRO SE)

          ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY: DARRELL CLAYTON BAUGHN

          BEFORE BARNES, C.J., GREENLEE AND LAWRENCE, JJ.

          LAWRENCE, J.

         ¶1. Roger Guyse filed a motion for judicial review while he was intermittently housed in the Newton County Jail. Guyse's complaints were numerous and included the denials of access to particular newspapers, outside activity, and access to a law library. Because Guyse is no longer housed in the Newton County Jail, we find that his argument on appeal is moot and affirm the decision of the trial court.[1]

         FACTS

         ¶2. On March 24, 2016, Guyse was transferred to the Newton County Jail to await new criminal charges of kidnaping. On May 20, 2016, Guyse filed six Administrative Remedy Program (ARP) requests. Guyse was removed from the Newton County Jail on June 15, 2016, which made his complaints based on his housing status moot. After he was convicted of kidnaping for a second time and sentenced to serve an additional thirty years in the custody of MDOC, he was brought back to the Newton County Jail. In response to his ARP request, MDOC stated that Guyse "was awarded ALL privileges that [were] accessible to all other inmates, while being housed at Newton County Jail." Guyse permanently left the Newton County Jail on December 12, 2016.

         ¶3. Guyse filed a motion for judicial review in the circuit court and claimed he was constitutionally guaranteed the following amenities while incarcerated in the Newton County Jail:

(1) Access to "media" and TV news;
(2) Access to newspapers;
(3) Access to the law library located in the Newton County ...

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