Moss v. United States of America (INMATE 3)
ORDERED as follows: 1) The 12 objections of Petitioner James E. Moss are OVERRULED; 2) The 11 Recommendation is ADOPTED; 3) The 1 28 USC 2255 motion filed by Petitioner James E. Moss is DENIED; 4) This action is DISMISSED with prejudice. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 6/1/2017. (wcl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
JAMES E. MOSS,
UNITED STATES OF
CASE NO. 2:15-CV-87-WKW
On April 13, 2017, the Magistrate Judge filed a Recommendation. (Doc. #
11.) On April 28, 2017, Petitioner James E. Moss filed objections. (Doc. # 12.)
The court has conducted an independent and de novo review of those portions of
the Recommendation to which objection is made. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). The
court has also considered the record in this case and in the related criminal case,
United States v. Moss, Case No. 2:11-CR-26-MEF.
In his objection, Petitioner presents unsworn statements of fact in an attempt
to undercut the Magistrate Judge’s findings of fact and conclusions of law. The
court notes that several of Petitioner’s unsworn statements are contrary to the
uncontradicted evidence. However, even if Petitioner’s factual representations that
are not contrary to the uncontradicted evidence are as he represents them to be,
those facts still would not give rise to a finding of nonharmless error in the
Petitioner submitted evidence that a video exists showing that Aveda Jenkins
entered a stolen social security number into a computer and that another video
shows that Jenkins stole a tax refund card by stuffing it into her purse after
checking to ensure that no one was watching her. (Doc. # 8 at 10, 13.) However,
as the Magistrate Judge pointed out (Doc. # 11 at 6-7), even if such footage exists
and Moss’s trial attorney was timely aware of it, Petitioner still has not
demonstrated that the footage would have been reasonably likely to affect the
outcome of his trial or that the failure to introduce the footage into evidence
constituted ineffective assistance of counsel.
The remainder of Petitioner’s
arguments are adequately addressed in the well-reasoned Recommendation.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED as follows:
The objections of Petitioner James E. Moss (Doc. # 12) are OVERRULED.
The Recommendation (Doc. 11) is ADOPTED.
The 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion (Doc. # 1) filed by Petitioner James E. Moss is
This action is DISMISSED with prejudice.
Final judgment will be entered separately.
DONE this 1st day of June, 2017.
/s/ W. Keith Watkins
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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