Dunlap v. United States of America (INMATE 3)
ORDER that on or before April 2, 2013, the petitioner shall show cause why his §2255 motion should not be dismissed as further set out. Signed by Honorable Judge Susan Russ Walker on 3/12/2013. (jg, )
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Civil Action No. 2:13cv77-MHT
The United States has filed a response (Doc. No. 4) addressing how the one-year
limitation period in 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f)1 applies to the petitioner’s § 2255 motion. The
Government argues that the § 2255 motion, which the petitioner filed on January 1, 2013,
is untimely under § 2255(f) and is therefore due to be dismissed.
On August 20, 2010, the petitioner pled guilty to possession of a firearm and
Section 2255(f) specifies that the one-year limitation for filing a § 2255 motion period begins
from the latest date of–
(1) the date on which the judgment of conviction becomes final;
(2) the date on which the impediment to making a motion created by
governmental action in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States is
removed, if the movant was prevented from making a motion by such governmental
(3) the date on which the right asserted was initially recognized by the
Supreme Court, if that right has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and
made retroactively applicable to cases on collateral review; or
(4) the date on which the facts supporting the claim or claims presented could
have been discovered through the exercise of due diligence.
ammunition by a convicted felon. On February 25, 2011, the district court sentenced the
petitioner to 66 months in prison. Judgment was entered by the district court on March 8,
2011. The petitioner did not take a direct appeal. His conviction therefore became final on
March 22, 2011.2 For purposes of 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f)(1), the petitioner had until March 22,
2012, to file a timely § 2255 motion. His filing of his § 2255 motion on January 1, 2013,
renders it untimely under § 2255(f)(1).
The Government submits that none of the provisions of § 2255(f)(2)-(4) apply to
render the § 2255 motion timely. Specifically, the Government argues that the petitioner has
not shown that some unconstitutional governmental action impeded him from filing his
§2255 motion at an earlier date, see § 2255(f)(2); that the petitioner’s claims do not rest on
an alleged “right [which] has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and made
retroactively applicable to cases on collateral review,” see § 2255(f)(3); and that the
petitioner has not submitted grounds for relief that could not have been put forth earlier
under the exercise of due diligence, see § 2255(f)(4).
For the reasons indicated above, it appears to this court that the one-year period of
limitation contained in 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f) expired before the petitioner filed his § 2255
motion. Accordingly it is
ORDERED that on or before April 2, 2013, the petitioner shall show cause why his
§ 2255 motion should not be dismissed as it was not filed within the applicable one-year
See Fed.R.App.P. 4(b)(1)(A)(i); Murphy v. United States, 634 F.3d 1303, 1307 (11th Cir.
Done this 12th day of March, 2013.
/s/ Susan Russ Walker
SUSAN RUSS WALKER
CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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