Fields v. U.S.

Citation542 F.2d 472
Decision Date27 September 1976
Docket NumberNo. 76-1352,76-1352
PartiesJerry FIELDS, Appellant, v. UNITED STATES of America, Appellee.
CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)

Jerry W. Fields, pro se.

Barry A. Short, U. S. Atty. and David M. Rosen, Asst. U. S. Atty., St. Louis, Mo., for appellee.

Before LAY, ROSS and WEBSTER, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM.

Petitioner, who is incarcerated at Leavenworth, appeals pro se the district court's denial of his § 2255 motion. In his motion, petitioner stated that he was sentenced on October 4, 1974, to a term of three years under 18 U.S.C. § 4208(a)(2) (parole at the discretion of the Board). He further alleged that he has twice been denied parole, in violation of the sentencing court's intention that he be given early consideration for parole. Finally, he alleged that the Parole Board failed to state valid reasons for its decision.

The district court dismissed the petition on the basis that the reasons cited by the Parole Board in refusing to grant parole 1 established that petitioner received meaningful parole consideration.

The district court and the government appear to have confused the grounds upon which petitioner was seeking relief. Petitioner was clearly seeking vacation of his sentence under Kortness v. United States, 514 F.2d 167 (8th Cir. 1975). This court has recently made clear that Kortness does not give a sentencing judge authority to revise the sentence merely because he does not agree with the Board's decision, rather

* * * Kortness does permit the district court to correct a sentencing error where the import of the judge's sentence has in fact been changed by the guidelines adopted by the Parole Board contemporaneous with or subsequent to the imposition of that sentence.

United States v. White, 540 F.2d 409, at 411 (8th Cir. 1976).

Here the guidelines were adopted and published a full year before the sentence was imposed and therefore the Kortness case does not entitle petitioner to resentencing.

The district court, rather than rejecting petitioner's Kortness claim, chose to go to the merits of his allegations that the Parole Board failed to state valid reasons for its denial of parole, and that it made an erroneous decision in denying him parole. Such allegations are properly cognizable in a § 2241 habeas corpus petition. See Lee v. United States,501 F.2d 494 (8th Cir. 1974). However, even if construed as a habeas corpus petition, 2 the petition is without merit. While the Parole Board has a duty to state its reasons for denial of parole, it did so here, and its reasons for denial are explicit and detailed. Petitioner alleges that the Board ignored his institutional progress; however, he does not deny that he has a problem with alcoholism, or that he lacks a high school equivalency certificate. Under these circumstances, we agree with the district...

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