Vega v. United States of America
ORDER Denying 50 Sealed Motion to Withdraw Counsel for Ineffective Assistance, by Judge Ronald B. Leighton.(DK)
HONORABLE RONALD B. LEIGHTON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
DONATO VALLE VEGA,
CASE NO. C15-5792RBL
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR
WITHDRAW COUNSEL FOR
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Petitioner Donato Valle Vega seeks for the third time to fire his attorney for ineffective
assistance of counsel. In his criminal case, Mr. Valle Vega fired two lawyers because of his
dissatisfaction with their services. Mr. Valle Vega is a chronic complainer and persistent denier
This Court has closely monitored the extent to which Timothy Lohraff has gone to meet
the demands of his client. Even when the Government assures the Court and the Petitioner that
requested documents do not, and have not ever existed, Mr. Valle Vega blames Mr. Lohraff for
the response. Mr. Lohraff has done a deep dive into the evidence and the arguments in a District
Court Circuit criminal case involving Beltran Layva. Mr. Valle Vega argues that Beltran Layva
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and the actions of the lawyers and investigators are material to Petitioner’s § 2255 action. Mr.
Lohraff will present his arguments based on the Layva action, and more, to the Court on March
8, 2018 during a day-long evidentiary hearing. His work has thus far been exemplary and he
should not be replaced.
The Petitioner’s motion is DENIED.
Dated this 8th day of December, 2017.
Ronald B. Leighton
United States District Judge
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