Farley v. United States of America
ORDER dismissing 1 Motion to vacate/set aside/correct sentence (2255). The Clerk is directed to terminate from pending status the motion to vacate found at Doc. 34 in the underlying criminal case, case number 8:11-cr-55-T-30MAP. The Clerk is directed to terminate any pending motions and close this case. Signed by Judge James S. Moody, Jr on 6/3/2016. (LN)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No: 8:16-cv-1107-T-30MAP
Crim. Case No: 8:11-cr-55-T-30MAP
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
THIS CAUSE comes before the Court upon Petitioner Cedric Farley’s Motion to
Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (CV Doc. 1). By his
motion, Petitioner asserts that he is entitled to relief pursuant to Johnson v. United States,
135 S. Ct. 2551 (2015), declared retroactive by Welch v. United States, No. 15-6418, 2016
WL 1551144 (Apr. 18, 2016). Because Petitioner’s motion is an unauthorized, successive
§ 2255 motion, it should be dismissed.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, Petitioner entered a guilty plea to (1) possession with
intent to distribute 500 grams of more of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1),
(b)(1)(B)(ii) (Count I), and (2) possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of
18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g), 924(e)(1) (Count II). (CR Docs. 6, 8, 19). On June 29, 2011,
Petitioner was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment on each count, with the terms to
run concurrently. (Doc. 23). Petitioner’s sentence on Count II was imposed pursuant to
the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”), § 924(e)(1).
(PSR at ¶¶ 32, 33, 94).
Petitioner’s ACCA predicate offenses included: (1) trafficking in cocaine, (2) sale of
cocaine, and (3) sale of crack cocaine. (CR Doc. 6, PSR ¶ 32). Petitioner did not file a
On October 7, 2013, Petitioner filed a motion pursuant to § 2255, which was
dismissed as time-barred. (CR Docs. 25, 27). On May 2, 2016, Petitioner filed the present
§ 2255 motion requesting relief pursuant to Johnson. (CV Doc. 1).
Petitioner’s present § 2255 motion is a second or successive motion. Pursuant to 28
U.S.C. §§ 2255(h) and 2244(b)(3)(A), as amended by the Antiterrorism and Effective
Death Penalty Act of 1996, federal prisoners who want to file a second or successive
motion to vacate, set aside, or correct a sentence must move in the appropriate court of
appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the second or successive
motion. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A). A three-judge panel of the court of appeals may
authorize the filing of a second or successive motion only if it determines that the motion
contains claims which rely on either:
(1) newly discovered evidence that, if proven and viewed in the light of the
evidence as a whole, would be sufficient to establish by clear and convincing
evidence that no reasonable factfinder would have found the movant guilty
of the offense; or
(2) a new rule of constitutional law, made retroactive to cases on collateral
review by the Supreme Court, that was previously unavailable.
28 U.S.C. § 2255(h).
Because Petitioner has not received authorization to file a second or successive
habeas petition from the Eleventh Circuit, this Court lacks jurisdiction to consider his
motion and it should be dismissed. See United States v. Holt, 417 F.3d 1172, 1175 (11th
Cir. 2005) (“Without authorization [from the appropriate court of appeals, a] district court
lacks jurisdiction to consider a second or successive petition.”).
However, for Petitioner’s benefit, the Court notes that Petitioner would not be
entitled to relief under Johnson. In Johnson, the Supreme Court held that the residual
clause of the ACCA, § 924(e)(2)(B)(ii), defining a violent felony as a crime “involv[ing]
conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another,” is
unconstitutionally vague. See Johnson, 135 S. Ct. at 2563. Nevertheless, the Supreme
Court specifically stated that Johnson’s holding did not extend to the remainder of the
ACCA. See Johnson, 133 S. Ct. at 2563.
Johnson invalidated only the residual clause of the ACCA. Petitioner’s prior
offenses are ACCA predicate offenses because they qualify as serious drug offenses. See
§ 924(e)(2)(A)(ii); see also United States v. Johnson, 570 F. App’x 852 (11th Cir. 2014)
(sale of cocaine under Florida Statute § 893.13(1)(a) is a “serious drug offense” for
purposes of ACCA). Because the offenses do not qualify as ACCA predicate offenses
under the residual clause, the holding in Johnson is inapplicable to Petitioner.
Accordingly, it is therefore ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that:
Petitioner Cedric Farley’s Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (CV Doc. 1) is DISMISSED.
The Clerk is directed to terminate from pending status the motion to vacate
found at Doc. 34 in the underlying criminal case, case number 8:11-cr-55-T-30MAP.
The Clerk is directed to terminate any pending motions and close this case.
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, this 3rd day of June, 2016.
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