US v. Furman Quattlebaum
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 3:02-cr-00548-CMC-17. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . Mailed to: Furman Benjamin Quattlebaum. [17-6483]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff - Appellee,
FURMAN BENJAMIN QUATTLEBAUM,
Defendant - Appellant.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, at
Columbia. Cameron McGowan Currie, Senior District Judge. (3:02-cr-00548-CMC-17)
Submitted: August 8, 2017
Decided: August 24, 2017
Before THACKER and HARRIS, Circuit Judges, and HAMILTON, Senior Circuit
Affirmed as modified by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Furman Benjamin Quattlebaum, Appellant Pro Se. Beth Drake, Acting United States
Attorney, William Camden Lewis, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY,
John C. Potterfield, Assistant United States Attorney, Jane Barrett Taylor, Assistant
United States Attorney, Columbia, South Carolina, Carrie Fisher Sherard, Assistant
United States Attorney, Leesa Washington, Assistant United States Attorney, Greenville,
South Carolina, for Appellee.
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Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Furman Benjamin Quattlebaum appeals the district court’s order denying his 18
U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) (2012) motion for a sentence reduction under Amendment 782. The
district court denied Quattlebaum’s motion because, after recognizing that Quattlebaum
was already denied relief under Amendment 782, the district court sua sponte determined
that it lacked jurisdiction to entertain Quattlebaum’s motion under United States v.
Goodwyn, 596 F.3d 233, 235-36 (4th Cir. 2010) (holding that no provision authorizes a
district court to reconsider its order on a § 3582 motion), and United States v. Mann, 435
F. App’x 254, 255 (4th Cir. 2011) (No. 09-6376) (“[Section] 3582(c) forbids a district
court from ruling on a motion to reconsider a § 3582(c)(2) sentence reduction order.”).
In reaching its decision, however, the district court did not have the benefit of our
decision in United States v. May, 855 F.3d 271, 274 (4th Cir. 2017) (holding that the
prohibition against “§ 3582(c)(2)-based motions for reconsideration” is not jurisdictional
and, thus, is “waived when the government failed to assert it below”), pet. for cert. filed,
No. 17-142 (U.S. July 24, 2017), which issued after the district court denied the § 3582
motion underlying this appeal.
The district court nonetheless previously determined that Amendment 782 did not
have the effect of lowering Quattlebaum’s Sentencing Guidelines range, and we affirmed
the district court’s order denying relief under that Amendment. See United States v.
Quattlebaum, No. 3:02-cr-00548-CMC-17 (D.S.C. Sept. 14, 2015), aff’d, United States v.
Quattlebaum, 643 F. App’x 308 (4th Cir. 2016) (No. 15-7663). Because we may affirm
the district court’s order “on any grounds apparent from the record[,]” United States v.
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Riley, 856 F.3d 326, 328 (4th Cir. 2017) (internal quotation marks omitted), we affirm the
district court’s order as modified to reflect that the relief sought in Quattlebaum’s
§ 3582(c)(2) motion is barred under the law of the case doctrine. See United States v.
Aramony, 166 F.3d 655, 661 (4th Cir. 1999) (“Under the law of the case doctrine, . . .
once the decision of an appellate court establishes the law of the case, it must be followed
in all subsequent proceedings in the same case in the trial court or on a later appeal[.]”
(internal quotation marks omitted)). We dispense with oral argument because the facts
and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and
argument would not aid the decisional process.
AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED
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