Benitez v. United States of America
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Lourdes A. Martinez LIFTING STAY and Directing Parties to Confer and File Joint Statement. (atc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
No. CV 15-1184 JAP/LAM
No. CR 12-1072 JAP
LUIS GERARDO BENITEZ,
ORDER LIFTING STAY AND DIRECTING THE PARTIES TO CONFER
AND FILE A JOINT STATEMENT IN LIGHT OF BECKLES
THIS MATTER is before the Court sua sponte under Rule 4 of the Rules Governing
Section 2255 Proceedings in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Beckles v. United States,
580 U.S. ___, No. 15-8544, slip op (March 6, 2017). Defendant/Movant has filed a motion and
amended motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 claiming that he improperly received an enhanced
sentence as a career offender under the United States Sentencing Guidelines because the residual
clause of USSG § 4B1.2 is unconstitutionally vague under the reasoning in Johnson v. United
States, 576 U.S. ___, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015).
See (CV Doc. 1; CR Doc. 49).
Plaintiff/Respondent United States of America filed a motion to stay the proceedings based on
the pendency of Beckles, which was granted by the Court. See (CV Docs. 6, 18, 19; CR
Docs. 55, 64, 65).
In Beckles, the Supreme Court held that the United States Sentencing
Guidelines are not subject to a void-for-vagueness challenge. 580 U.S. ___, No. 15-8544, slip op
The Court will lift the stay and direct the parties to confer on the question of whether the
Supreme Court’s ruling in Beckles is dispositive of all issues raised in this § 2255 proceeding,
and to file a joint statement advising the Court of the results of their conference. If either party
contends that Beckles does not dispose of all issues, the statement shall identify the issue or
issues that remain for determination by the Court after Beckles and the party raising the
remaining issue or issues. The parties shall confer and file the joint statement within fourteen
days of entry of this Order. If neither party claims that any issues remain for adjudication
following Beckles, the Court will enter an Order dismissing this § 2255 proceeding. If the
parties contend that issues still remain for determination, the Court will enter an order setting a
schedule for supplemental briefing.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the stay in this case is hereby LIFTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the parties shall confer on the question of whether
the Supreme Court’s ruling in Beckles is dispositive of all issues raised in this § 2255
proceeding, and shall file a joint statement advising the Court of the results of their conference
within fourteen (14) days of entry of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
LOURDES A. MARTÍNEZ
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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