Nguyen Van Nguyen v. USA
Opinion issued by court as to Appellant Nguyen Van Nguyen. Decision: Affirmed. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions.
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[DO NOT PUBLISH]
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
D.C. Docket Nos. 1:16-cv-02626-TWT; 1:06-cr-00299-TWT-LTW-1
NGUYEN VAN NGUYEN,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Georgia
(July 7, 2017)
Before MARCUS, WILLIAM PRYOR and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.
Nguyen Van Nguyen appeals the dismissal of his motion to vacate as
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untimely. 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f). Nguyen argued that, in the wake of Johnson v.
United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), his three prior convictions for robbery did
not qualify as predicate offenses under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The
district court ruled that Nguyen “was sentenced under the ACCA ‘elements test’’’
and, because he did “not [make] a Johnson claim,” his motion was untimely as not
filed within one year after his conviction became final. See 28 U.S.C. 2255(f)(1).
We affirm that Nguyen’s motion was untimely, but for a reason different than that
relied on by the district court.
The district court did not err by dismissing Nguyen’s motion as untimely.
Nguyen failed to file his motion within one year after the Supreme Court ruled in
Johnson that the residual clause of the Act is unconstitutionally vague, 18 U.S.C.
§ 924(e)(2)(B)(ii). Nguyen had until June 27, 2016, to move for relief based on
Johnson, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 6(a)(3)(A), but he waited until July 11, 2016, two
weeks after the one-year limitation period expired, to file his motion. Because the
parties briefed the issue of timeliness and Nguyen replied to the argument that he
missed the deadline, we may affirm on the ground advocated by the government.
See Wood v. Milyard, 132 S. Ct. 1826, 1834 (2012).
We AFFIRM the dismissal of Nguyen’s motion to vacate.
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