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United States Court of Appeals, Tenth CircuitAug 29, 1986
800 F.2d 230 (10th Cir. 1986)

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No. 82-2110.

Submitted July 11, 1986.

Decided August 29, 1986.

Adele Graham of Graham Graham, Denver, Colo. and David Graham of Graham Graham, San Luis, Colo. (Dan Stormer of Litt Stormer, Los Angeles, Cal. and James I. Meyerson, New York City, with them on brief), for plaintiff-appellant.

Gary T. Cornwell of McGuire, Cornwell Blakely, Denver, Colo. for defendant-appellee Winner.

Mark B. Stern, Appellate Staff, Civ. Div., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Richard K. Willard, Acting Asst. Atty. Gen., Barbara L. Herwig, Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C. and Robert N. Miller, U.S. Atty., Denver, Colo., with him on brief), for defendants-appellees Dolan, Roberts, Barksdale, Chapman, Christopher, Dept. of Justice, F.B.I., Dunn, Baer and Weisenhorn.

Daniel J. Sears, Denver, Colo., for defendant-appellee Spencer.

Jeffrey A. Chase of Holme, Roberts Owen, Denver, Colo. (Carol H. Green of Holme, Roberts Owen, Denver, Colo., with him on brief), for defendant-appellee Webb.

David R. Brougham of Hall Evans, Denver, Colo., for defendants-appellees Tooley and Garcia.

John R. Flanders of Halaby McCrea, Denver, Colo. (Theodore S. Halaby and Leslie L. Schluter of Halaby McCrea, Denver, Colo. and Steven M. Munsinger, of Keene, Munsinger Stuckey, Denver, Colo., with him on brief), for defendants-appellees City and County of Denver, City of Denver Police Dept., Dill, Shaughnessy, Nicoletti and Tyus.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Before LAY, Chief Judge, BRIGHT,fn_ and ARNOLD,fn_ Circuit Judges.

The Hon. Donald P. Lay, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Hon. Myron H. Bright and the Hon. Richard S. Arnold, United States Circuit Judges for the Eighth Circuit, sitting by designation.

ARNOLD, Circuit Judge.

The Supreme Court of the United States has vacated the judgment of this Court and remanded the case for us to consider whether it has become moot. Tyus v. Martinez, ___ U.S. ___, 106 S.Ct. 1787, 90 L.Ed.2d 333 (1986).

The plaintiff has directed his counsel to withdraw from active participation and to conduct no additional business on his behalf in this case. This instruction to counsel, of which we had no knowledge at the time our previous opinions were filed, makes this case moot. There can be no live controversy without at least two active combatants.

The judgment of this Court has already been vacated by the Supreme Court. It was vacated, however, only for the limited purpose of enabling us to consider whether the case had become moot. Having now determined that it is moot, and in order to avoid any misunderstanding, we now declare our judgment vacated on the ground of mootness. We also remand this cause to the District Court with directions to vacate its judgment and dismiss the complaint as moot. See United States v. Munsingwear, Inc., 340 U.S. 36, 39, 71 S.Ct. 104, 106, 95 L.Ed. 36 (1950). This order will remove "both the res judicata and the stare decisis effect of the vacated judgment[s]," in this case the judgments of this Court and of the District Court. United States v. National Bank of Commerce, 775 F.2d 1050, 1050 (8th Cir. 1985).

Counsel for the federal appellees, for J.C. Tyus, and for the City and County of Denver also request that we vacate our previous opinions. We are not sure what such a request means in practical effect. The opinions have been published in bound volumes of the Federal Reporter, Second Series, and no action by this or any other Court can change that fact retroactively. Furthermore, the opinions may be useful to someone in the future simply as a description of the course of this case. We have already stated that our previous judgment is vacated. The request to vacate our opinions, if in fact it asks for some separate or different relief, is denied.

It is so ordered.

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