Carter v. USA

Filing 5

ORDER GRANTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF THE COURT'S ORDER OF JULY 18, 2016, DOC. NO. (102). Signed by CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE J. MICHAEL SEABRIGHT on 7/21/2016. Order entered as to case USA v. (01) SCOTT MICHAEL CARTER, CR 07-00150-JMS. (afc) Excerpt of order:"[T]he July 18, 2016 Order Denying § 2255 Motion, Doc. No. (101)[Doc. No. 3 as to the instant case], is VACATED a nd WITHDRAWN." CERTIFICATE OF SERVICEParticipants registered to receive electronic notifications received this document electronically at the e-mail address listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF).

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) SCOTT MICHAEL CARTER (01), ) ) Defendant. ) ______________________________ ) Cr. No. 07-00150 JMS (01) (Civ. No. 16-00046 JMS-KSC) ORDER GRANTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF THE COURT’S ORDER OF JULY 18, 2016, DOC. NO. 102 ORDER GRANTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION OF THE COURT’S ORDER OF JULY 18, 2016, DOC. NO. 102 On July 20, 2016, the government filed a Motion for Reconsideration, Doc. No. 102, of this court’s July 18, 2016 “Order (1) Denying Defendant’s Motion to Vacate under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, and (2) Granting a Certificate of Appealability” (“July 18, 2016 Order Denying § 2255 Motion”). The government’s Motion for Reconsideration (contrary to its prior positions in this case) now (1) affirmatively waives its argument to enforce the one-year limitation of 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f) and (2) concedes that, in light of Mathis v. United States, 135 S. Ct. 2243 (2016), if sentenced anew, Defendant’s prior burglary convictions are not “violent felonies” under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”). Doc. No. 102, Mot. at 2-3. The government now asserts that Defendant’s § 2255 Motion should be granted to the extent that he no longer be classified as an armed career criminal under the ACCA. Id. at 3. Given those affirmative concessions, the July 18, 2016 Order Denying § 2255 Motion, Doc. No. 101, is VACATED and WITHDRAWN. The Motion for Reconsideration, however, also indicates that the parties disagree about the nature of the post-2255 proceedings in this case. The court thus requests a written response from Defendant as to this aspect of the Motion for Reconsideration, and in light of the following inclination of the court. If a § 2255 motion has merit, the court “shall vacate and set the judgment aside” and “shall discharge the prisoner or resentence him or grant a new trial or correct the sentence as may appear appropriate.” 28 U.S.C. § 2255(b) (emphasis added). The statute gives the court broad discretion. See, e.g., United States v. Jones, 114 F.3d 896, 897 (9th Cir. 1997) (“[T]he statute gives district judges wide berth in choosing the proper scope of post-2255 proceedings. While [a judge is] permitted to consider all aspects of the sentence, [a judge is] not required to do so.”) (emphasis added); United States v. Handa, 122 F.3d 690, 691 (9th Cir. 1997) (“[Section 2255] confers upon the district court broad and flexible power in its actions following a successful § 2255 motion.”) (emphasis added) (quoting United States v. Davis, 112 F.3d 118, 121 (3d Cir. 1997)); United States 2 v. Barron, 172 F.3d 1153, 1157-58, 1160 (9th Cir. 1999) (en banc). “This broad and flexible power is derived from the equitable nature of habeas corpus relief.” Handa, 122 F.3d at 691 (citations omitted). Given such discretion, the court is inclined under the facts of this case simply to issue an order (1) vacating and setting aside the original judgment, and (2) issuing a new judgment with a corrected sentence (along with a recalculated term of supervised release), rather than conduct a full resentencing of Defendant. Defendant’s Response is requested by July 22, 2016. The government may file a Reply by July 26, 2016. A further status conference on the § 2255 Motion will be set thereafter. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: Honolulu, Hawaii, July 21, 2016. /s/ J. Michael Seabright J. Michael Seabright Chief United States District Judge United States v. Carter, Cr. No. 07-00150 JMS (01), Order Granting the United States of America’s Motion for Reconsideration of the Court’s Order of July 18, 2016, Doc. No. 102 3

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