Blum v. USA
ORDER denying motion to vacate, set aside, or correct sentence and dismissing the petition for lack of jurisdiction. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 8/15/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL JAMES BLUM
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Pending is Petitioner’s second Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence under
28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Doc. No. 76). For the reasons explained below, the Motion is DENIED.
On March 13, 2009, a jury found Petitioner guilty of production of child pornography
(Count 2 – Rachael), receipt of child pornography (Count 3), and possession of child
pornography (Count 4).1 On July 29, 2009, I sentenced Petitioner to 188 months imprisonment
on Counts 2 and 3, to run concurrently to 120 months imprisonment on Count 4; 15 years
supervised release; and a $300 special assessment.2
Petitioner appealed the judgment as to Count 2, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
affirmed in an opinion dated December 15, 2010.3 Petitioner then filed his first Motion to
Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.4 On August 5, 2011, I denied
Doc. No. 41. Petitioner was found not guilty of Counts 1 and 6. During trial, Petitioner’s
motion for judgment of acquittal was granted as to Count 5.
Doc. No. 47.
Doc. No. 62.
Doc. No. 65.
Doc. No. 74.
Under the amended Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act6, § 2255 requires that
all successive § 2255 motions be certified by the appropriate court of appeals before they may be
considered by the district court.7 Because Petitioner has failed to obtain certification from the
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, his petition must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Accordingly, Petitioner’s Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence under
28 U.S.C. § 2255 is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 15th day of August, 2012.
/s/Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
28 U.S.C. § 2244(b).
Boykin v. U.S., 242 F.3d 373 (8th Cir. 2000).
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