Lorrance v. Commandant USDB

Lorrance v. Commandant.

This matter is a petition for habeas corpus filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, challenging Petitioner’s conviction by general court-martial. At the time of filing, Petitioner was confined at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This matter is before the Court on Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 10) in light of the Petitioner having received a Presidential Pardon. Petitioner has filed a Response (Doc. 13), and Respondent has filed a Reply (Doc. 14). The Court held a hearing on the motion on January 8, 2020, and took the matter under advisement. The Court, determining that Petitioner’s acceptance of the Pardon was an admission of his guilt leaving this matter without a case or controversy, finds that the motion should be granted.

Note the discussion of whether accepting an unconditional pardon not based on innocence is in fact and admission of guilt.

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