Moody v. United States of America (INMATE 3)
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION. Signed by Honorable L. Scott Coogler on 8/3/16. (djy, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
MICKEY LEE MOODY,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
The Court has before it Petitioner Mickey Lee Moody’s (“Moody”) Motion
to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. (Doc. 1.)
For the reasons stated below, the motion is due to be denied as moot.
On September 8, 2005, Moody was charged with one count of possession of
a firearm by a convicted felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), with penalties
at 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(1). He pled guilty to that count on April 10, 2006. The
Presentence Investigation Report (“PSR”) recommended that Moody’s sentence
be enhanced under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), 18 U.S.C. §
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922(g), because it concluded that he had at least three prior convictions for
“violent felonies” that were committed on occasions different from one another.
The PSR classified the following Florida and Alabama convictions as either serious
drug offenses or “violent felonies:”
Florida burglary of a dwelling (PSR, ¶¶ 21, 32);
Alabama burglary, 3rd degree (id. ¶¶ 21, 33);
Alabama, serious drug offense (conspiracy to violate the
controlled substance act; smuggling marijuana into the United States)
(id. ¶¶ 21, 39).
On September 7, 2006, this Court sentenced Moody to the ACCA
minimum—a 180-month term of imprisonment. The Court also ordered a 36month term of supervised release upon his release from imprisonment. Moody
appealed, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of appeals affirmed Moody’s convictions
and sentence. Moody filed a motion pursuant to § 2255 on January 21, 2008.
(Docketed in Civil Case No. 1:08-cv-00063-MHT.) The Court denied that motion
on the merits on April 15, 2010. Moody appealed and that appeal was denied by the
Eleventh Circuit in Case No. 10-13597-D. Moody applied for and received
authorization to file a second or successive motion from the Eleventh Circuit. That
authorization was granted on June 11, 2016 and Moody filed the instant § 2255
motion on June 17, 2016.
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In his § 2255 motion, Moody contends that he is due to be resentenced in
light of Johnson v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015) and Welch v. United States,
136 S. Ct. 1257 (2016). However, this Court has recently granted Moody this relief
in a related § 2255 petition filed by the Federal Public Defender’s office on his
behalf. See Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-00458-LSC-SRW. Thus, the current motion is
due to be denied as moot, as the relief requested in this petition has already been
granted in that matter.
For the foregoing reasons, Moody’s § 2255 motion is due to be denied.
Additionally, this Court may issue a certificate of appealability “only if the
application has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right.”
28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). To make such a showing, a “petitioner must demonstrate
that reasonable jursits would find the district court’s assessment of the
constitutional claims debatable and wrong,” Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484
(2000), or that “the issues presented were adequate to deserve encouragement to
proceed further.” Miller-El v. Cockrell, 537 U.S. 322, 336 (2003). This Court finds
that Moody’s claims do not satisfy either standard. Accordingly, insofar as an
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application for a certificate of appealability is implicit in the defendant’s motion, it
is due to be denied.
A separate closing order will be entered.
DONE and ORDERED on August 3, 2016.
L. Scott Coogler
United States District Judge
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