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UNITED STATES EX REL. STANBRIDGE v. QUINLAN

October 26, 1984

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ex rel. WILLIAM STANBRIDGE, Reg. #79750-158, Petitioner, against MICHAEL QUINLAN, Warden, Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, Respondent.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: LASKER

LASKER, District Judge

Petitioner William Stanbridge moves for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (1982) on the grounds that his parole was wrongfully revoked and that his sentence has been erroneously calculated, resulting in continuing imprisonment beyond his proper release date. The petition is denied.

 I.

 In 1974, while on state parole from sentences imposed in 1962, Stanbridge was convicted of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and sentenced to seven years in federal custody. He was paroled to a state detainer on September 29, 1976 and spent 82 days in state custody for violation of his state parole due to the 1974 conviction. He was released from state custody in December, 1976 and remained on both federal and state parole until his August, 1979 arrest described below.

 On July 8, 1979, Stanbridge was arrested on a federal narcotics charge. While on bail, he was arrested by the state authorities on August 29, 1979 for criminal possession of a deadly weapon. Stanbridge was ultimately acquitted of this charge but the weapons arrest nevertheless caused him to remain in state cusody from his arrest in August of 1979 until April 15, 1983 for violation of state parole on the 1962 sentence. *fn1"

 On July 2, 1980, Stanbridge pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute narcotics in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841 (1982) in connection with the July 1979 arrest and he was sentenced to eighteen months to be served consecutively to the state sentence.

 On November 29, 1979, the United States Parole Commission ("Commission") issued a parole violator warrant citing the August, 1979 weapons arrest as grounds for revocation of parole from the 1974 sentence. The warrant was supplemented in October of 1980 to add the narcotics conviction as grounds for revocation.

 A federal parole revocation hearing was held on November 16, 1982 at which Stanbridge was represented by retained counsel and several witnesses appeared on his behalf. The parole hearing officer recommended revocation based solely upon the 1980 narcotics conviction.

 On March 2, 1983, the Commission issued a Notice of Action to Stanbridge which stated that his parole was revoked and required that he serve the remainder of his 1974 sentence (1506 days) after his eighteen month 1980 sentence was completed. No credit was given for time spent on parole prior to the 1979 arrest, nor was credit given for time spent in state custody on state charges while Stanbridge was on federal parole.

 Stanbridge's counsel wrote to both the hearing officer and the United States Parole Commissioner immediately after the parole revocation hearing to assert that the conduct of the hearing violated due process. In a letter dated March 4, 1983, the Commission answered some of the attorney's arguments and invited him to submit any additional mitigating information which he felt had not been presented at the hearing. Petitioner's attorney responded by letter of March 31, 1983, in which he declined to submit additional information, repeated his due process objections, and requested that the letter be deemed a Notice of Appeal of the revocation.

 On April 15, 1983, Stanbridge was released from state custody to federal custody to serve his remaining sentences.

 II.

 Petitioner argues: (1) that he has been improperly denied credit (a) on his 1974 sentence for the time spent in state custody and (b) for street time; (2) that the supplement to the parole violator warrant was improperly issued thereby invalidating the revocation of parole; and (3) that the parole revocation hearing was invalid for failure to follow minimum standards of due process.

 Although Stanbridge failed to exhaust the administrative appeal procedures available under 28 C.F.R. § 2.25-.27 (1984), the government conceded at oral argument that the doctrine of exhaustion is not applicable in a case such as this in which the petitioner's claims involve questions of statutory interpretation of first ...


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