KEITH L. WILLIAMS, Plaintiff-Appellant,
STEPHANIE DORETHY, Warden, Hill Correctional Center, et al, Defendants-Appellees.
from the Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit No.
18-MR-18, Knox County, Illinois. The Honorable Scott
Shipplett, Judge, presiding.
Attorneys for Appellant: Keith L. Williams, of Galesburg,
appellant pro se
Attorneys for Appellee: No brief filed for appellees
JUSTICE McDADE delivered the judgment of the court, with
opinion. Justice Holdridge concurred in the judgment and
opinion. Justice Carter dissented, with opinion.
1 The plaintiff, Keith L. Williams, an inmate at the Hill
Correctional Center (HCC), requested leave to file a
mandamus petition against numerous defendants,
including Stephanie Dorethy, the warden of HCC. The court
allowed the filing and sua sponte dismissed the
petition. On appeal, Williams argues that the court erred
when it dismissed his petition. We reverse and remand.
2 I. BACKGROUND
3 On February 13, 2018, Williams filed a pro se
request for leave to file a mandamus petition
against the defendants. The petition alleged various
violations and/or abuses of prison policies by HCC
administration and staff.
4 In a letter to Williams dated February 15, 2018, the
circuit court allowed the petition to be filed and dismissed
the petition. After citing case law on what is required to
survive a challenge to the legal sufficiency of a
mandamus complaint, the court stated:
"Your Petition is an amalgamation of every complaint
that you have against the Department of Corrections, against
the Judgment of Conviction, actions in Federal Court, housing
placement, denial of a 'holiday shop' handling of
disciplinary reports, and really countless other grievances,
none of which touch on the simple 4 requirements of a
Mandamus complaint as stated above.
For these reasons, the Court will allow your filing without
cost, deny your Petition for Counsel, and Dismiss the
dismissal was entered before any of the defendants had been
5 Williams filed a timely notice of appeal. The record
indicates that the defendants were never notified of the