Hall v. USA - 2255
MEMORANDUM OPINION (c/m to Jamere Ireadus Hall 6/16/17 sat). Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 6/16/2017. (sat, Chambers)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
JAMERE IREADUS HALL #25164-018
Civil Action No. DKC 13-3353
Criminal No. DKC 03-0123
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Petitioner, proceeding pro se, filed a motion to vacate,
set aside, or correct sentence on November 12, 2013 (ECF No. 58)
and supplemented his motion on January 9, 2014 (ECF No. 62).
A second supplemental brief in support of Petitioner’s §
2255 motion was filed by pro bono counsel with the firm of
Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan on January 31, 2014 (ECF No.
68) arguing that, pursuant to Descamps v. United States, 133
S.Ct. 2275 (2013) and United States v. Royal, 731 F.3d 333 (4th
Cir. 2013), Petitioner no longer qualified as a career offender.
A third supplemental motion attacking Petitioner’s sentence
was filed on June 9, 2016, by Paresh Patel, Assistant Federal
Public Defender, arguing that in light of the Supreme Court’s
recent decision in
Johnson v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2551
(2015), Mr. Hall is no longer a career offender because his
prior convictions for Maryland second degree assault no longer
qualify as career offender “crimes of violence.”
Petitioner, through counsel, filed a notice dismissing his
second and third supplements on April 25, 2017.
(ECF No. 85).
The court issued a show cause order on April 28, 2017,
ordering Petitioner to show cause why the remaining petitions
should not be dismissed as moot in light of the decision of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in United
States v. Surratt, 2017 WL 1423296 (4th Cir. April 21, 2017).
(ECF No. 87).
Petitioner responded on June 7, 2017 (ECF No.
88), with a motion for voluntary dismissal under Fed.R.Civ.P.
41(a)(2), which permits the dismissal of a cause of action “at
the plaintiff’s request . . . on terms that the court considers
As a general rule, a motion for voluntary dismissal
under Rule 41(a)(2) “should not be denied absent substantial
prejudice to the defendant.”
Andes v. Versant Corp., 788 F.2d
1033, 1036 (4th Cir. 1986).
There is no such prejudice here.
Accordingly, Petitioner’s motion for voluntary dismissal will be
granted and his pending § 2255 motion and supplement will be
A separate order will follow.
DEBORAH K. CHASANOW
United States District Judge
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