The State ex rel. Bryant Crowley, Relator,
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Respondent.
MANDAMUS ON OBJECTIONS TO THE MAGISTRATE'S DECISION
Crowley, pro se.
Michael DeWine, Attorney General, and Andrea K. Boyd, for
Matthew J. Barbato, for relator.
1} Bryant Crowley, an inmate at Ross Correctional
Institution ("RCI") filed this action in mandamus,
seeking a writ to compel the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction ("ODRC") to amend his
maximum expiration date.
2} In accord with Loc.R. 13(M) of the Tenth District
Court of Appeals, the case was referred to a magistrate to
conduct appropriate proceedings. The parties stipulated the
pertinent evidence and filed briefs. The magistrate then
issued a magistrate's decision, appended hereto, which
contains detailed findings of fact and conclusions of law.
The magistrate's decision includes a recommendation that
we deny the requested writ.
3} Counsel for Crowley, before attempting to
withdraw as counsel, filed objections on his behalf.
4} Based on our independent review of the evidence
in the record, we overrule relator's objections and we
adopt the findings of fact and conclusions of law contained
in the magistrate's decision. As a result, we deny the
request for a writ of mandamus.
5} We also permit counsel for Crowley to withdraw as
to withdraw as counsel granted; Objections overruled; writ
P.J., and LUPER SCHUSTER, J., concur.
on March 5, 2018
KENNETH W. MACKE MAGISTRATE
6} In this original action, relator, Bryant Crowley,
an inmate of the Ross Correctional Institution
("RCI"), requests a writ of mandamus ordering
respondent, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
("ODRC" or "respondent"), to amend its
calculation of the sentence maximum expiration date such that
the date is listed on its records as October 16, 2017 rather
than April 12, 2022.
7} 1. On September 25, 2017, pursuant to an order of
the magistrate, relator and respondent jointly filed the
stipulation of evidence.
8} 2. Among the stipulated documents is the
affidavit of Janet Couts executed September 7, 2017. The
Couts affidavit avers:
[Two] I am currently employed by the Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) as a Correction Records
Sentence Computation Auditor with the Bureau of Sentence
Computation (BOSC). My duties include interpreting official
court documents and other related papers in the possession of