HOWARD, ANTHONY v. USA

Filing 4

ORDER denying 1 Motion to Vacate Sentence per 28 USC 2255. Signed by Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb on 10/13/09. (rep)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FO R THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN --------------------------------------------U N IT E D STATES OF AMERICA, ORDER Plaintiff, v. A N T H O N Y HOWARD, D efendan t. --------------------------------------------D efendan t Anthony Howard has filed a motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255, in w h i ch he contends that his counsel was ineffective and that the trial court abused its d iscretio n . (Because Judge Shabaz has taken senior status, I am handling his cases, including this one.) It is not necessary to determine whether defendant has any basis for his claims b ecau se he has waited too long to file the motion. Defendant was sentenced on July 13, 2 0 0 5. The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed defendant's judgment of con viction on July 21, 2006. Defendant did not petition for a writ of certiorari. Under 2255, defendant had one year from the date on which "the judgment of co n victio n [became] final" in which to bring a post conviction motion. The conviction w ou ld have become final 90 days after July 21, 2006, or October 26, 2006. Clay v. United 0 5 - c r -0 8 - jc s 0 9 - cv -6 2 0 - b b c 1 S tates, 537 U.S. 529-30 (2003) (one-year statute of limitations does not begin to run until 90 days after time for filing petition for writ of certiorari has expired, even if defendant does no t file such petition). Therefore, defendant had until October 26, 2007, in which to file a 2255 motion unless he fits within one of the special circumstances in which the time for filing is extended. Defendant has not alleged any facts from which an inference may be draw n that any one of those special circumstances apply in his case. Therefore, I conclude that his motion is untimely. OR DER IT IS ORDERED that defendant Anthony Howard's motion for post conviction relief, filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255, is DENIED as untimely. Entered this 9t h day of October, 2009. B Y THE COURT: /s/ B AR B AR A B. CRABB D istrict Judge 2

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