Watts v. Kelley (Majority, with Dissenting)Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court denying Appellant's request to proceed in forma paupers on a petition for writ of habeas corpus, holding that Appellant failed to state a colorable cause of action for habeas relief.
Appellant was convicted of drug-related crimes. Appellant was later convicted of additional felony offenses and sentenced as a habitual offender to life imprisonment. In the instant habeas petition, Appellant raised the same claims and factual allegations for habeas relief that he had raised previously in a habeas petition and that were rejected by this Court. The circuit court concluded that Appellant failed to state a colorable claim for habeas relief because the same claims had been previously addressed and found to be outside the purview of habeas proceedings. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not err.