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Bennett v. Walker


June 11, 2008


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge


Petitioner, currently incarcerated in the Menard Correctional Center, brings this habeas corpus action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 to challenge the constitutionality of his confinement. The habeas action is before this Court pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts (hereinafter referred to as "the Habeas Rules"). Also before the Court is Petitioner's motion for leave tofile exhibits (Doc. 10). The motion to file exhibits (Doc. 10) is GRANTED.


Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Petitioner was convicted of possession of a stolen motor vehicle over $25,000. On October 15, 2002, Petitioner was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment by the state trial court.

At some point, Petitioner discovered that, in addition to his 15-year prison sentence, he was also subject to a 2-year mandatory supervised release (MSR) requirement. See 730 ILCS § 5/5-8-1(d)(1). Petitioner asserts that the MSR impermissibly increases his 15-year sentence beyond the statutorily allowed maximum and, therefore, violates his constitutional rights.

Additionally, Petitioner challenges the loss of good time credits he suffered as a result of two disciplinary actions taken against him in December 2004. On December 13, 2004, Petitioner was cited for possessing dangerous contraband (Rule 104) and contraband (Rule 308) after a six inch long, one-half inch wide metal slat was found in his property box. On December 15, 2008, while confined in segregation (on the contraband citations), Petitioner was cited for "601-- Aiding and Abetting, Attempt, Solicitation, or Conspiracy to 105-- Dangerous Disturbances, 206-- Intimidation or Threats and 304-Insolence" (Petitioner's Exh. C), after yelling to other inmates in the segregation unit that there were no black inmates working in the segregation unit. Petitioner contends that he was denied due process of law in connection with these disciplinary actions.

Petitioner contends that when he is afforded all of the "day for day" good time credits to which he entitled,*fn1 see 730 ILCS § 5/3-6-3, he is entitled to immediate release to MSR.*fn2


Rule 4 of the Habeas Rules provides that "[i]f it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge must dismiss the petition and direct the clerk to notify the petitioner." Upon review of the petition and exhibits, the Court notes that it asserts claims identical those raised in Petitioner's prior habeas corpus petition filed in this Court, Bennett v. Walker, Civil No. 3:07-794-GPM.

In that case, the Court recently dismissed Petitioner's MSR claim, with prejudice, after finding that the allegations supporting the claim did not rise to the level of a constitutional violation. The Court dismissed Petitioner's good time credit claim, without prejudice, notingthat Petitioner had not exhausted his available state remedies. The instant MSR and good time credit claims should be dismissed under the same conditions as the MSR and good time credit claims were dismissed in the earlier-filed case. The Court's reasons for dismissing the instant claims are exactly the same as its reasons for dismissing the MSR and good time credit claims in the related case. These reasons are discussed, in far more detail, in the other case and need not be restated with the same level of detail here.


Petitioner's MSR claim is DISMISSED on the merits. Petitioner's good time credits claim is DISMISSED without prejudice for failing to exhaust his available state remedies. The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to close this case on the Court's docket. Finally, as it is clear that Petitioner is not entitled to relief, his motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction (Doc. 11) is DENIED.


G. Patrick Murphy United States District Judge

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