Williams, Clyde v. Dittmann, Mike
ORDER dismissing this case under Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994). The clerk of court is directed to enter judgment in favor of defendant and close this case. Signed by District Judge James D. Peterson on 2/5/2016. (jef),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
CLYDE B. WILLIAMS,
WARDEN MIKE DITTMANN,
OPINION & ORDER
Plaintiff Clyde B. Williams is a prisoner in the custody of the Wisconsin Department
of Corrections at the Columbia Correctional Institution. He seeks money damages for being
falsely imprisoned for first-degree sexual assault of a child.
I dismissed plaintiff’s original complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8,
explaining that plaintiff could not bring false imprisonment claims in this court unless he
could show that the convictions he challenges have been overturned or expunged, and giving
him another chance to explain whether this was the case. Dkt. 10, at 2-3 (citing Heck v.
Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 486-87 (1994)).
Plaintiff has filed an amended complaint, which, like his original complaint, is difficult
to follow. But he has made clear that he believes that his current convictions in Racine
County case nos. 96CF826 and 00CF558 are invalid. As I instructed him in my previous
order, this court cannot hear challenges to a conviction or sentence in a civil lawsuit for
damages. The proper way to challenge his convictions would be in a habeas corpus action,
but he has already brought an unsuccessful habeas case regarding these convictions. See
Williams v. Bartow, 491 F.3d 611, 612 (7th Cir. 2007). Any new habeas petition he filed
would almost certainly be barred as successive.
Plaintiff also argues that he has received a judgment of acquittal. He attaches a copy
of a judgment in case no. 00CF558 stating that two counts of child enticement against him
were dismissed. Dkt. 11-1. That judgment unfortunately includes the boilerplate statement
that “defendant is discharged,” which may be a source of confusion for plaintiff. From the
online records of his criminal cases, his direct appeal, and his habeas action, it is clear that
this judgment was issued at the same time as a separate judgment of conviction for firstdegree sexual assault. He remains incarcerated on the convictions for the first-degree sexual
assault charges, not any charges that were dismissed. Because plaintiff fails to show that his
convictions have been overturned. I will dismiss this case as barred by Heck.
IT IS ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED under Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477
(1994). The clerk of court is directed to enter judgment in favor of defendant and close this
Entered February 5, 2016.
BY THE COURT:
JAMES D. PETERSON
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