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Swehla v. United States

United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Eastern Division

April 2, 2014

PAUL PETER SWEHLA, Movant,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ORDER

LINDA R. READE, District Judge.

This matter appears before the court on Paul Peter Swehla's motion to vacate, set aside or correct sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (civil docket no. 1). Paul Peter Swehla ("the movant") filed such motion on February 13, 2014. Because judgment entered against the movant on May 2, 2005, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals resolved the movant's direct appeal on March 31, 2006, any action attacking his conviction or sentence is barred by the one-year statute of limitation. The movant's conviction became final in June of 2006 and he only sought relief in February of 2014, which is well beyond the applicable time frame. See 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f)(1). Further, no other subsection under 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f) applies to the movant's situation. The movant is not able to rely on Descamps v. United States, ___ U.S. ___, 133 S.Ct. 2276 (2013), because the Supreme Court has not made it retroactive to cases on collateral review. See Tyler v. Cain, 533 U.S. 656, 663 (2001) ("[A] new rule is not made retroactive to cases on collateral review unless the Supreme Court holds it to be retroactive."). The movant cites to no case in which the Supreme Court has declared its decision in Descamps to be retroactively applicable on collateral review and the court's own search has not revealed any cases that have applied Descamps retroactively to a case on collateral review. Cf. United States v. Hairston, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38683 (W.D. Va. 2014); United States v. Davis, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34879 (N.D. Ill. 2014); Hunter v. United States, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28755 (E.D. Okla. 2014); Wilson v. Holland, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16277 (E.D. Ky. 2014); Hoskins v. Coakley, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7671 (N.D. Ohio 2014); United States v. Copeland, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1921 (N.D. Okla. 2014); Monroe v. United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168904 (N.D. Tex. 2013); Baldwin v. United States, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167124 (D. Md. 2013); Strickland v. English, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119371 (N.D. Fla 2013). Based on the foregoing, the movant's motion to vacate, set aside or correct sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is denied. A certificate of appealability under 28 U.S.C. § 2253 will not issue.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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