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State ex rel. Larry E. Olson v. Litscher, 2000 WI App 61, 233 Wis. 2d 685, 608 N.W.2d 425

For Olson: Dennis Egre, SPD, Kenosha

Issue: Whether this case is moot, where the challenge is to the authorities’ failure to parole a prisoner at his mandatory release date, but he was released during the pendency of the case.

Holding: Although Olson’s release rendered the case moot, recognized exceptions to mootness are present, namely, issue of “great public importance”; constitutional issue; trial courts’ need for guidance. “Furthermore, we take up moot questions where the issue is ‘likely of repetition and yet evades review’ because the situation involved is one that typically is resolved before completion of the appellate process.” ¶3.

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