Davis v. United States of America
ORDER DIRECTING PETITIONER TO FILE RESPONSE. Signed by Judge J. Daniel Breen on 10/4/17. (mbm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER DIRECTING PETITIONER TO FILE RESPONSE
On September 25, 2017, the Court granted the motion of Petitioner, Brad Davis, to
vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (“Petition”). (Case
Number (“No.”) 13-cv-01225, Docket Entry (“D.E.”) 17.) Judgment was entered on September
26, 2017, (Id., D.E. 18), and a hearing for resentencing was set in Davis’s criminal case. (See
No. 07-cr-10063, D.E. 97.) Before the Court is the motion of Respondent, United States of
America, for relief from judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). (No. 13-cv-01225, D.E. 19.)
Respondent argues that the judgment in this case must be vacated in light of the Sixth
Circuit’s September 27, 2017, decision in United States v. Verwiebe, No. 16-2591, 2017 WL
4273974 (6th Cir. Sept. 27, 2017). In that case, the appellate court extended the Supreme
Court’s ruling in Voisine v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 2272 (2016), to the Career Offender
provision of the Sentencing Guidelines. Verwiebe, 2017 WL 4273974, at *3. The Supreme
Court in Voisine held that “use of . . . physical force” under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9), includes
reckless conduct. Voisine, 136 S. Ct. at 2279-80. Respondent contends that Verwiebe requires
extension of Voisine’s use-of-physical-force definition to the Armed Career Criminal Act
(“ACCA”), 18 U.S.C. § 924(e), under which Davis was sentenced. (No. 13-cv-01225, D.E. 19 at
Petitioner is ORDERED to file a response to the government’s motion within fifteen (15)
days of the entry-date of this order. The response shall address whether, and in what way, a
distinction should be drawn between Verwiebe’s application of Voisine to the Guidelines’ Career
Offender provision and application of Voisine to the ACCA. Respondent shall have seven (7)
days to file a reply.
The resentencing currently set for October 12, 2017, is hereby removed from the Court’s
calendar and will be reset at a later date.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 4th day of October 2017.
s/ J. DANIEL BREEN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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