Hailey v. USA-2255
MEMORANDUM. Signed by Chief Judge Catherine C. Blake on 7/27/2017. (c/m 7/28/17 bas, Deputy Clerk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
RODNEY R. HAILEY
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
: CIVIL NO. CCB-17-1297
: Criminal No. CCB-11-0540
Federal prison inmate Rodney Hailey filed a motion pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 52(b),
which is being construed as a motion to vacate under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. The government filed an
opposition, and Hailey filed a reply. The motion will be denied.
Hailey challenges his sentence on various grounds, primarily related to applicability of
the sentencing guidelines. As explained by the government, most of his arguments already have
been considered and rejected by the Fourth Circuit on direct appeal. United States v. Hailey, 563
F. App’x. 229 (4th Cir. 2014). Any argument not already litigated is procedurally defaulted
and/or barred by the one-year statute of limitations. Hailey has offered nothing in his reply or in
his letter dated July 20, 2017 to explain why equitable tolling should apply, or why Fed. R. Crim.
P. 52(b) (which defines “plain error”) provides any basis for relief.
Accordingly, no certificate of appealability will issue, and the motion will be denied by a
separate Order which follows.
July 27, 2017
Catherine C. Blake
United States District Judge
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