US v. Michael Glover


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to dismiss in part [998485682-2] Originating case number: 7:07-cr-00023-BO-5. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [998532380] [10-4668]

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US v. Michael Glover Doc. 0 Case: 10-4668 Document: 40 Date Filed: 02/25/2011 Page: 1 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 10-4668 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff Appellee, v. MICHAEL GLOVER, a/k/a Michael G, Defendant Appellant. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Raleigh. Terrence W. Boyle, District Judge. (7:07-cr-00023-BO-5) Submitted: January 27, 2011 Decided: February 25, 2011 Before MOTZ and Circuit Judge. KING, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Dismissed in part; affirmed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion. Robert L. Cooper, COOPER, DAVIS & COOPER, Fayetteville, North Carolina, for Appellant. Jennifer P. May-Parker, Assistant United States Attorney, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. Case: 10-4668 Document: 40 Date Filed: 02/25/2011 Page: 2 PER CURIAM: Michael Glover pled guilty, pursuant to a written plea agreement, to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846 (2006). Guidelines range under The district court calculated Glover's the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual (2007) at 292 to 365 months' imprisonment and sentenced Glover to 292 months' imprisonment. On appeal, Glover's counsel has filed a brief pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), stating that there are no meritorious issues for appeal, but questioning whether trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance by coercing Glover to plead guilty. a pro se supplemental brief in which he Glover has filed asserts that his sentence is procedurally unreasonable and trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance. The Government has moved to dismiss the appeal of Glover's sentence based on his waiver of appellate rights. We dismiss in part and affirm in part. A defendant may waive the right to appeal if that waiver is knowing and intelligent. 492 F.3d 263, 270 (4th Cir. 2007). United States v. Poindexter, Generally, if the district court fully questions a defendant regarding the waiver of his right to appeal during the plea colloquy performed in accordance with Fed. R. Crim. P. 11, the 2 waiver is both valid and Case: 10-4668 Document: 40 Date Filed: 02/25/2011 Page: 3 enforceable. See United States v. Johnson, 410 F.3d 137, 151 The question of whether a defendant validly (4th Cir. 2005). waived his right to appeal is a question of law that this court reviews de novo. (4th Cir. 2005). Our review of the record leads us to conclude that Glover knowingly and voluntarily waived the right to appeal his sentence. We therefore grant the Government's motion to dismiss Although Glover's United States v. Blick, 408 F.3d 162, 168 and dismiss the appeal of Glover's sentence. appeal waiver insulates his sentence from appellate review, the waiver does not preclude our consideration of the remaining claims Glover's counsel and Glover raise on appeal or prohibit our review of Glover's conviction pursuant to Anders. Turning, then, to the unwaived claims of ineffective assistance raised in of a counsel, motion these claims are to more 28 appropriately 2255 filed pursuant U.S.C.A. (West Supp. 2010), unless counsel's ineffectiveness conclusively appears on the record. See United States v. Richardson, 195 F.3d 192, 198 (4th Cir. 1999). After review of the record, we find no conclusive evidence that counsel rendered ineffective assistance, and we accordingly decline to consider these claims on direct appeal. Further, in accordance with Anders, we have reviewed the remainder of the record in this case and have found no 3 Case: 10-4668 Document: 40 Date Filed: 02/25/2011 Page: 4 meritorious issues for review. We therefore affirm Glover's This court conviction and dismiss the appeal of his sentence. requires that counsel inform Glover, in writing, of the right to petition review. the If Supreme Glover Court of the that United a States be for further but requests petition filed, counsel believes that such a petition would be frivolous, then counsel may move in this court for leave to withdraw from representation. Counsel's motion must state that a copy thereof was served on Glover. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal before contentions the court are and adequately argument presented not in aid the the materials decisional would process. DISMISSED IN PART; AFFIRMED IN PART 4

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