IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 24, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
FRANCISCO MEDINA CASTANEDA,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Edward J. Garcia United States District Judge
DEFENDANT FRANCISCO MEDINA CASTANEDA'S APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL AND PROPOSED
ORDER RETROACTIVE CRACK COCAINE REDUCTION GUIDELINE CASE
Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 3006A(c) and 3852(c)(2), Defendant, FRANCISCO MEDINA CASTANEDA, hereby requests the court appoint attorney John Balazs as counsel to represent him with respect to a potential motion to reduce his sentence under recent crack cocaine guideline amendments pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2).
Assistant Federal Defender David Porter contacted undersigned counsel and suggested he request appointment regarding a § 3582(c)(2) motion rather than the Federal Defender's Office because counsel had represented Mr. Castaneda as appointed counsel on appeal and at resentencing. Mr. Castaneda is currently incarcerated at USP Coleman, Florida, where he serving the 262-month sentence of imprisonment imposed in this case. Mr. Castaneda has requested to pursue a § 3582(c)(2) motion to reduce his sentence and has requested that Mr. Balazs be appointed to represent him with respect to such a motion.
Appointment of counsel would also serve the interests of justice in this case because it might facilitate a negotiated disposition of a § 3582(c)(2) motion. Because Mr. Castaneda's substantial rights may be affected by these criminal proceedings, he is constitutionally entitled to appointment of counsel. Mempa v. Rhay, 389 U.S. 128, 134 (1967).
Accordingly, Mr. Castaneda requests the Court issue the order lodged herewith.
Respectfully submitted, Dated: April 24, 2012 /s/ John Balazs JOHN BALAZS Attorney for Defendant FRANCISCO MEDINA CASTANEDA
Pursuant to defendant's request, and good cause appearing therefor, attorney John Balazs is hereby appointed to represent defendant with respect to a motion to reduce sentence.
Edward J. Garcia
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