Kain v. Kelley
ORDER directing the Respondent to address the merits of Petitioner's claim within 30 days. It would also be helpful to have the state court's ruling on Mr. Kain's writ for error coram nobis as part of this pleading. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 12/2/2015. (lej)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PINE BLUFF DIVISION
BILLY JACK KAIN, JR.,
WENDY KELLEY, Director,
Arkansas Department of Correction
Respondent says Mr. Kain’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Doc. No. 2) is successive
and should be dismissed on that basis alone. (Doc. No. 9) I agree that most of the grounds Mr. Kain
cites are successive. But Mr. Kain also says, in 2010, the Arkansas Department of Correction
modified the application of his sentence to require he serve “100%” of his sentence in violation of
the expost facto clause of the Constitution. (Doc. No. 2 at 11.) I find this challenges the fact that
“[h]e is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States” and is not
successive. 28 U.S.C. § 2241(c)(3). See Williams v. Hobbs, 658 F.3d 842, 853 (8th Cir. 2011).
So, within thirty (30) days, Respondent should address the merits of this claim. It would also
be helpful to have the state court’s ruling on Mr. Kain’s writ for error coram nobis as a part of this
IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of December, 2015.
JOE J. VOLPE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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