CALLEN v. WARDEN et al
Entry Dismissing Action and Directing Entry of Final Judgment - The Court finds that Callen's habeas petition must be denied. Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue (SEE ENTRY). Copy to Petitioner via US Mail. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 8/16/2017.(DW)
JOHN CALLEN, JR.,
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
TERRE HAUTE DIVISION
Entry Dismissing Action and Directing Entry of Final Judgment
Having considered the petition for writ of habeas corpus of John Callen, Jr., and the return
to order to show cause, and being duly advised, the Court finds that Callen’s habeas petition must
be denied. This conclusion rests on the following facts and circumstances:
On September 3, 2003, Callen and others were charged by Indictment in the
Southern District of Texas with drug trafficking activities. Callen was charged with conspiracy to
possess with intent five (5) kilograms or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846,
841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)(ii) (Count One), possession with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms
or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A)(ii) and 18 U.S.C. § 2
(Count Two), and laundering of monetary instruments in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2 and
1956(a)(1) (A)(I) (Count Three). On February 7, 2012, Callen pleaded guilty to the Indictment
(Counts One–Three) without a written plea agreement. His plea was accepted and he is now
confined in this District serving the sentence imposed at that time. His motion for relief pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 was recently denied in United States v. Callen, 2017 WL 405926 (S.D.Tex.
Jan. 31, 2017), and that decision is presently being on appeal.
Callen seeks habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241(c)(3). AA necessary
predicate for the granting of federal habeas relief [to a petitioner] is a determination by the federal
court that [his or her] custody violates the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the United States.” Rose
v. Hodges, 423 U.S. 19, 21 (1975).
Callen’s habeas claims lack merit for the following reasons:
Federal clemency lies within the exclusive discretion of the President. Presidential exercise
of the pardon authority is not subject to review pursuant to the Administrative Procedures
Act. Franklin v. Mass., 505 U.S. 788, 800-01 (1992).
Callen has no recognized right under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which
was never put into effect and which in any event was rescinded by the Secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security on June 15, 2017.
The trial court’s denial of Callen’s motion for relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in No.
4:14-cv-207 on January 31, 2017 precludes a further collateral attack on the same grounds.
Valona v. United States, 138 F.3d 693, 694–65 (7th Cir. 1998) (concluding that § 2244(a)
bars successive petitions under § 2241 directed to the same issue concerning execution of
a sentence); Chambers v. United States, 106 F.3d 472, 475 (2d Cir. 1997) (barring as a
second § 2241 petition a repetitive challenge to application of time credits in the
administrative calculation of a federal sentence); Edwards v. Perdue, No. 5:14CV136,
2015 WL 2354702, at *2 (N.D.W.Va. Apr. 30, 2015).
Callen has not disputed the government’s arguments on any of the foregoing points
and for the reasons explained above his petition for writ of habeas corpus must be denied.
Judgment consistent with this Entry shall now issue.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
JOHN CALLEN, JR.
TERRE HAUTE - FCI
TERRE HAUTE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808
Jill Z. Julian
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
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