Vega v. United States of America

Filing 52

ORDER Denying 50 Sealed Motion to Withdraw Counsel for Ineffective Assistance, by Judge Ronald B. Leighton.(DK)

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HONORABLE RONALD B. LEIGHTON 1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 7 8 DONATO VALLE VEGA, CASE NO. C15-5792RBL 9 Petitioner, 10 11 v. ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR WITHDRAW COUNSEL FOR INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 12 Respondent. 13 14 15 Petitioner Donato Valle Vega seeks for the third time to fire his attorney for ineffective 16 assistance of counsel. In his criminal case, Mr. Valle Vega fired two lawyers because of his 17 dissatisfaction with their services. Mr. Valle Vega is a chronic complainer and persistent denier 18 of reality. 19 This Court has closely monitored the extent to which Timothy Lohraff has gone to meet 20 the demands of his client. Even when the Government assures the Court and the Petitioner that 21 requested documents do not, and have not ever existed, Mr. Valle Vega blames Mr. Lohraff for 22 the response. Mr. Lohraff has done a deep dive into the evidence and the arguments in a District 23 Court Circuit criminal case involving Beltran Layva. Mr. Valle Vega argues that Beltran Layva 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR WITHDRAW COUNSEL FOR INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE - 1 1 and the actions of the lawyers and investigators are material to Petitioner’s § 2255 action. Mr. 2 Lohraff will present his arguments based on the Layva action, and more, to the Court on March 3 8, 2018 during a day-long evidentiary hearing. His work has thus far been exemplary and he 4 should not be replaced. 5 The Petitioner’s motion is DENIED. 6 Dated this 8th day of December, 2017. 8 A 9 Ronald B. Leighton United States District Judge 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR WITHDRAW COUNSEL FOR INEFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE - 2

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