Snider v. Superintendent
OPINION AND ORDER: DENYING 24 MOTION to Reconsider Denial of Habeas Corpus by Petitioner Bill Snider. Signed by Chief Judge Theresa L Springmann on 7/17/2017. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(lhc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
CAUSE NO.: 3:16-CV-149-TLS
OPINION AND ORDER
Bill Snider, a pro se prisoner, filed a Motion to Reconsider [ECF No. 24]. Snider asks the
Court to reconsider its Order [ECF No. 21] denying his Habeas Corpus Petition [ECF No. 1]
challenging his conviction and 60-year sentence for child molestation.
On April 13, 2017, the Court found that the claims in Snider’s Petition were procedurally
defaulted. In his Motion to Reconsider, Snider claims actual innocence by arguing that the
evidence presented at trial was insufficient to have proven that his victim was under the age of
14. Snider raised this argument in his Petition, which the Court rejected. “Reconsideration is not
an appropriate forum for rehashing previously rejected arguments . . . .” Caisse Nationale de
Credit Agricole v. CBI Indus., Inc., 90 F.3d 1264, 1270 (7th Cir.1996).
Nevertheless, as the Court previously explained, while actual innocence can excuse
procedural default, a petitioner who asserts actual innocence “must demonstrate innocence; the
burden is his, not the state’s . . . .” Buie v. McAdory, 341 F.3d 623, 626–27 (7th Cir. 2003). To do
so, he must come forward “with new reliable evidence—whether it be exculpatory scientific
evidence, trustworthy eyewitness accounts, or critical physical evidence—that was not presented
at trial.” Schlup v. Delo, 513 U.S. 298, 324 (1995). Snider did not, and still does not, provide any
new evidence. Thus, he has not demonstrated actual innocence.
Instead, he again argues that there was insufficient evidence presented at trial to convict
him of child molestation. Although sufficiency of the evidence is not an argument that can lead
to an actual innocence finding, the Court will nevertheless address it. Though Snider argues that
there was no evidence presented during his trial which demonstrated that his victim was under
14, that is not true. The Indiana Court of Appeals found:
In 2001, Snider was renting a room in J.K.’s three bedroom house in South Bend,
Indiana. J.K. also rented out a room to F.L. and F.L.’s minor daughter, B.A., born
on July 19, 1989. During that time, J.K. resided with her daughter, M.W., and
M.W.’s minor daughter, M.C., born on September 2, 1987. The record shows that
M.W. and M.C. moved out of J.K.’s house but would frequently visit. For the
times that M.C. was at J.K.’s house for a visit, she would spend time with B.A.,
and they became friends.
According to M.W., in the spring of 2001, whenever she and M.C. visited J.K. in
her Sound (sic) Bend home, she observed B.A. spending a significant amount of
time in Snider’s room, both with the door open and closed. M.C. would often join
B.A. and Snider in the room, but M.W. made sure the door was open at all times.
In the summer of 2001, B.A.’s and M.C.’s relationship with Snider became
sexual. Snider kissed B.A. and he also began touching her breasts and vagina,
both over and under her clothes. Snider also performed oral sex on B.A., and B.A.
discovered that Snider was not circumcised. These events partly occurred in
Snider’s room, and in R.M.’s—Snider’s girlfriend—apartment in Mishawaka,
Indiana. M.C. was often present when these events occurred. On one afternoon in
his room at J.K.’s house, Snider performed oral sex on M.C. in front of B.A. In
addition, M.C. performed oral sex on Snider after watching Snider perform oral
sex on B.A. M.C. also fondled Snider’s penis until he ejaculated. When B.A. left
the room, Snider threatened to kill M.C. if she disclosed to anyone what had
After a 4th of July party at R.M.’s apartment, R.M. observed Snider kiss B.A. and
also slap B.A. on her buttocks. R.M. informed Snider that she had seen him, and
she reprimanded him for his inappropriate conduct with B.A. Snider responded by
stating that it had been ongoing. On another occasion that summer, B.A. and M.C.
went to R.M.’s apartment. R.M., at Snider’s directive, instructed B.A. and M.C. to
put on lingerie. Once the girls were dressed, Snider performed oral sex on B.A.
Snider then asked R.M. to perform oral sex on him, which she did. Snider also
performed oral sex on M.C. Snider then asked B.A. to have intercourse, but B.A.
refused. At some point, M.C. became uncomfortable and she tried calling for a
ride home. Both Snider and R.M. seized the phone from M.C. and hid it. M.C.
spent the night at R.M.’s apartment.
In the fall of 2001, B.A. moved to Elkhart, Indiana but soon returned to South
Bend and her sexual relationship with Snider resumed. Snider continued to
engage in oral sex with B.A. and Snider promised B.A. that he was going to
marry her. In April of 2002, B.A. confided in F.L. about being molested by
Snider. As a concerned mother, F.L. called M.W. and advised her to talk to M.C.
When M.W. questioned M.C., M.C. began crying and said, “I don’t want to tell
you.” The following day, M.W. contacted police.
Snider v. State, No. 71D02-0511-PC-42, slip op. at *2–4 (Ind. Ct. App. Sept. 15, 2015).
The court of appeals’ factual findings were not unreasonable. The evidence revealed that
the victim’s birth date was September 2, 1987. (Trial Tr. 433). Thus, she did not reach her
fourteenth birthday until September 2, 2001. During the trial, there were numerous references to
the fact that the victim had sexual relations with Snider throughout the Spring and Summer of
2001. (Id. 66–76, 512–26, 566–71.) Though the dates were not precise, they did not have to be.
Barger v. State, 587 N.E.2d 1304, 1306–07 (Ind. 1992). This is evidence that some of the
molestation took place before the victim turned fourteen years of age. Thus, this evidence was
sufficient for a jury to conclude that the victim was thirteen years old when the child molesting
As a final matter, the documents Snider provided in the “Appellant’s Appendix of
Evidence to Support the Appeal Brief,” further solidify this Court’s conclusion that Snider is not
actually innocent of child molestation. Though the jury did not consider these documents—and
this Court does not consider them regarding whether there was sufficient evidence to support his
conviction—the South Bend Police Department’s investigative report and the prosecutor’s sworn
affidavit both reveal that Snider started molesting the victim when she was 13 years of age and
continued to do so past her fourteenth birthday. This evidence further solidifies this Court’s
confidence in the outcome of the trial court that no miscarriage of justice occurred. See Schlup,
513 U.S. at 324 (habeas petitioner must prove that “a constitutional violation has resulted in the
conviction of one who is actually innocent of the crime.”).
For these reasons, the Motion to Reconsider [ECF No. 24] is DENIED.
SO ORDERED on July 17, 2017.
/s Theresa L. Springmann
CHIEF JUDGE THERESA L. SPRINGMANN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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