BENNETT, GREGORY D. v. USA
Transmission of Notice of Appeal, Appeal Information Sheet, Orders, Judgment and Docket Sheet to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals re 12 Notice of Appeal (Attachments: # 1 Information Sheet, # 2 9/4/2014 Order, # 3 10/10/14 Order, # 4 Judgment, # 5 Docket Sheet) (voc)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - GREGORY BENNETT,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Petitioner Gregory Bennett has filed a motion for reconsideration of the judgment
entered in this case on September 4, 2014, denying his motion for post conviction relief.
Dkt. #8 (14-cv-392-bbc). He also asks that counsel be appointed to represent him on his
motion for reconsideration. Both motions will be denied.
In support of his motion for reconsideration, petitioner has filed a copy of a
newspaper article discussing a federal criminal investigation in Chicago of the lawyer who
represented petitioner after he was arrested and brought back to this district. According to
the article, the investigation centers on claims that counsel solicited perjury from clients.
Even if I assume for the purpose of deciding petitioner’s motion that the claims are true,
petitioner has not shown either that his counsel acted unethically in petitioner’s case or that
counsel’s unethical behavior in other cases would affect petitioner’s conviction in this case.
Moreover, petitioner has not alleged that his counsel failed to do anything for him that he
should have done. Petitioner’s plea bargain was a favorable one: he was allowed to plead
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guilty to charges of ecstacy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana rather than
to the crime of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, which would have subjected
him to a mandatory minimum sentence.
Petitioner says that the government “must have been privy” to the information that
counsel was being investigated, but he has no evidence to support this statement and the
record facts belie it. Petitioner was sentenced in 2011; there is no reason to believe that his
counsel was under investigation at that time or that if he were, the United States Attorney
in this district would have known about it. Petitioner’s suggestions that the new
investigation “may also reveal misrepresentation, misconduct, or lack of good faith on the
part of the government” are mere speculation, not requiring appointment of counsel or the
vacation of the judgment entered against petitioner on September 14, 2014.
Nothing in petitioner’s motion for reconsideration convinces me that it was a mistake
to deny his § 2255 motion or that the judgment should be vacated to give petitioner an
opportunity to re-argue his motion. Thus, there is no reason to consider petitioner’s request
for appointment of counsel.
IT IS ORDERED that petitioner Gregory Bennett’s motions, dkt. #10, for
reconsideration of the order entered herein on September 4, 2014, dkt. #8, and for
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appointment of counsel are DENIED.
Entered this 10th day of October, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
BARBARA B. CRABB
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