WEIGLE v. BUSS et al

Filing 19

ENTRY Discussing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus; for reasons explained in this Entry petition must be denied and action dismissed; judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 6/30/2010.(NKD)

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WEIGLE v. BUSS et al Doc. 19 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA LARRY WEIGLE, Petitioner, vs. SUPERINTENDENT BASSINGER, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 2:10-cv-44-WTL-TAB Entry Discussing Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus The writ Larry Weigle ("Weigle") seeks in relation to the prison disciplinary proceeding identified as No. ISF 09-08-0445, in which he was found guilty of attempted escape, can be issued only if the court finds that he "is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. 2254(a). Because he has not made such a showing, his petition for a writ of habeas corpus must be denied. The reason for this disposition is that the pleadings and the expanded record show that (1) the procedural protections required by Wolff v. McDonnell, 418 U.S. 539 (1974), were provided, (2) there was at least "some evidence" to support the decision of the conduct board as required by Superintendent of Walpole v. Hill, 472 U.S. 445 (1985); Webb v. Anderson, 224 F.3d 649, 652 (7th Cir. 2000) (even "meager" proof is sufficient), and (3) the proceedings were not otherwise tainted by prejudicial error. "The touchstone of due process is protection of the individual against arbitrary action of the government." Wolff, 418 U.S. at 558. There was no arbitrary action in any aspect of the charge, disciplinary proceeding, or sanctions involved in the events identified in this action, and there was no constitutional infirmity in the proceeding which entitles Weigle to the relief he seeks. Accordingly, Weigle's petition for a writ of habeas corpus must be denied and the action dismissed. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue. IT IS SO ORDERED. Date: 06/30/2010 _______________________________ Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge United States District Court Southern District of Indiana Dockets.Justia.com

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