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Greene v. Turner

Supreme Court of Ohio

October 26, 2017

Greene, Appellant,
v.
Turner, Warden, Appellee.

          Submitted June 20, 2017

         Appeal from the Court of Appeals for Marion County, No. 9-16-39.

          Antonio D. Greene, pro se.

          Michael DeWine, Attorney General, and Maura O'Neill Jaite, Senior Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.

          Per Curiam

         {¶ 1} We affirm the judgment of the Third District Court of Appeals dismissing the petition of appellant, Antonio D. Greene, for a writ of habeas corpus.

         {¶ 2} According to his petition, Greene was arrested and charged with drug trafficking and drug possession in April 2015, while on parole for an earlier offense. The Ohio Adult Parole Authority ("APA") held a parole-revocation hearing, found that Greene had violated the terms of his parole by having illegal drugs in his possession or under his control, and ordered him to serve the remainder of his original maximum sentence. Four months later, the state dismissed the drug charges, citing insufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.

         {¶ 3} In August 2016, Greene filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus against appellee, Neil Turner, the warden of North Central Correctional Complex, where Greene is presently incarcerated. Greene alleged that the APA violated his due-process rights by finding a parole violation based on insufficient evidence.

         {¶ 4} The warden filed a motion to dismiss, which the Third District Court of Appeals granted. The court of appeals determined that Greene's petition did not comply with the mandatory filing requirements of R.C. 2969.25(C) and 2725.04(D), was not properly captioned in accord with Civ.R. 10(A), and "fail[ed] to state any claim for relief in habeas corpus."

         {¶ 5} On appeal, Greene challenges each of the court of appeals' grounds for dismissing his habeas petition. Noncompliance with any of these procedural requirements is fatal to a habeas corpus petition and warrants dismissal of the inmate's action. Al'shahid v. Cook, 144 Ohio St.3d 15, 2015-Ohio-2079, 40 N.E.3d 1073, ¶ 8, 10 (R.C. 2969.25(C) and 2725.04(D)); Kneuss v. Sloan, 146 Ohio St.3d 248, 2016-Ohio-3310, 54 N.E.3d 1242, ¶ 11 (Civ.R. 10(A)).

         {¶ 6} First, for a petition filed in the court of appeals, as here, R.C. 2969.25(C) requires that inmates filing civil actions against a government entity or employee in forma pauperis submit with their complaint an affidavit of indigency and "[a] statement that sets forth the balance in the inmate account of the inmate for each of the preceding six months, as certified by the institutional cashier" Greene filed an affidavit of indigency and a "certificate of prisoner account" with his habeas petition. But neither document states the balance in Greene's inmate account for each of the preceding six months.

          {¶ 7} Second, to comply with R.C. 2725.04(D), habeas petitioners must attach copies of "all commitment papers, " Pence v. Bunting, 143 Ohio St.3d 532, 2015-Ohio-2026, 40 N.E.3d 1058, ¶ 7. But although Greene's petition refers to his probation for an aggravated burglary in 1990 and his parole for the same offense in 2011, he provided no documentation of his 1990 probation being revoked at any point prior to 2011. Greene was required to attach such documentation to his petition.

         {¶ 8} Third, Civ.R. 10(A) requires a petitioner to list the proper parties and their respective addresses in the case caption. Greene argues that Civ.R. 10(A) does not apply to habeas corpus petitions. But this court has regularly applied this rule to habeas corpus petitions. See, e.g., Kneuss, 146 Ohio St.3d 248, 2016-Ohio-3310, 54 N.E.3d 1242, at ¶ 11; State ex rel. Sherrills v. State, 91 Ohio St.3d 133, 742 N.E.2d 651 (2001). And the caption on Greene's petition does not list either the warden's address or his own.

         {¶ 9} Finally, Greene asserts that the court of appeals erred in determining that his petition fails to state a claim that is cognizable in habeas corpus. A writ of habeas corpus "will lie only to challenge the jurisdiction of the sentencing court. R.C. 2725.05. The few situations in which habeas corpus may lie to correct a nonjurisdictional error are those in which there is no adequate ...


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