United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, Indianapolis Division
ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR RULING, GRANTING MOTION TO
AMEND PETITION, DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS,
AND DIRECTING ENTRY OF FINAL JUDGMENT
Jane Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge
Motion for Ruling
Martazz Williams's motion for ruling, dkt. 16, is
granted to the extent the Court is
contemporaneously issuing its ruling on Mr. Williams's
petition for habeas corpus.
Motion to Amend Petition
Williams's motion to amend petition, dkt. 17, is
granted to the extent the Court will
construe his motion to amend petition to be a supplemental
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
petition of Martazz Williams for a writ of habeas corpus
challenges a prison disciplinary proceeding identified as No.
STP 17-05-0139. For the reasons explained in this Order, Mr.
Williams's habeas petition must be
in Indiana custody may not be deprived of good-time credits,
Cochran v. Buss, 381 F.3d 637, 639 (7th Cir. 2004)
(per curiam), or of credit-earning class,
Montgomery v. Anderson, 262 F.3d 641, 644-45 (7th
Cir. 2001), without due process. The due process requirement
is satisfied with the issuance of advance written notice of
the charges, a limited opportunity to present evidence to an
impartial decision-maker, a written statement articulating
the reasons for the disciplinary action and the evidence
justifying it, and “some evidence in the record”
to support the finding of guilt. Superintendent, Mass.
Corr. Inst. v. Hill, 472 U.S. 445, 454 (1985); Wolff
v. McDonnell, 418 U.S. 539, 570-71 (1974); Piggie v.
Cotton, 344 F.3d 674, 677 (7th Cir. 2003); Webb v.
Anderson, 224 F.3d 649, 652 (7th Cir. 2000).
The Disciplinary Proceeding
25, 2017, Officer Lloyd wrote a Conduct Report charging Mr.
Williams with B-202, possession of a controlled substance.
Dkt. 1-1 at 9; dkt. 10-1. The Conduct Report states:
On May 25, 2017, at approximately 2:36 am, I, Officer W.
Lloyd, conducted a search on Offender Martazz Williams (DOC#
160139). Offender Martazz Williams was in possession of a
green leafy substance (K2).
Dkt. 1-1 at 9; dkt. 10-1. A Notice of Confiscated Property
listing “(1) packet of a green leafy substance
(K2)” and “(1) rolled joint of (K2) green leafy
substance” was issued, but Mr. Williams refused to sign
it. Dkt. 10-3.
Williams was notified of the charge on June 1, 2017, when he
received the Screening Report. He pleaded not guilty to the
charge, requested a lay advocate, and did not request any
witnesses. Dkt. 1-1 at 5; dkt. 10-2 at 1. He ...