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Title: Eddie Lee Franklin v. United States of America

August 7, 2012

TITLE: EDDIE LEE FRANKLIN
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable David O. Carter, Judge

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CIVIL MINUTES -- GENERAL

PRESENT: THE HONORABLE DAVID O. CARTER, JUDGE

Julie Barrera N/A Courtroom Clerk Court Reporter ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR PLAINTIFF: ATTORNEYS PRESENT FOR DEFENDANT: None Present None Present PROCEEDINGS: (IN CHAMBERS): ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S MOTION TO VACATE, SET ASIDE, OR CORRECT SENTENCE

Before the Court is pro se Petitioner Eddie Lee Franklin's Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (the "Motion"). Mot. (Dkt. 1). The Court finds this matter appropriate for decision without oral argument. Fed. R. Civ. P. 78; Local R. 7-15. After considering the moving, opposing, and replying papers, and for the reasons stated below, the Court hereby DENIES the Motion.

I.Background

On April 5, 2007, Petitioner Eddie Lee Franklin ("Petitioner") pled guilty to bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a). No. 06-0166 (Dkt. 36). On January 28, 2008, Defendant was sentenced to 140 months imprisonment. No. 06-0166 (Dkt. 53). The Ninth Circuit issued a mandate denying Petitioner's appeal on April 16, 2009. No. 06-0166 (Dkt. 65). The Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari on June 15, 2009. Franklin v. United States, 129 S.Ct. 2816 (2009) (cert. denied).*fn1

Petitioner filed the present Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence on June 29, 2010. Mot. (Dkt. 1). In the Motion, Petitioner alleges that: (1) he received ineffective assistance of counsel; (2) he is not a career offender under U.S.S.G. § 4B1.1; and (3) he is innocent of violating 18 U.S.C. § 2113(g). See generally id.

Petitioner first claim for ineffective assistance of counsel argues that his defense and appellate counsel were both generally inept and that his counsel failed to challenge the restitution amount or propose a diminished capacity defense. Mem. Supporting Mot. (Dkt. 4) at 5-7, 19-25.

With respect to his second claim, Petitioner argues that his past offenses in 1998 and 2003 for two separate violations of California Health and Safety Code section 11355 should not have been used to categorize Petitioner as a 'career offender" for the purposes of sentencing. Id. at 6.

Finally, Petitioner's innocence claim is premised on the argument that Petitioner did not act with "force or threat of force" as a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a) requires. Id. at 15-16. In his motion, Petitioner argues that his note to the bank teller with the words, "give me all your large bills in three fucking seconds or else," cannot "reasonably be inferred to be intimidating or threatening." Id. at 17.

II.Legal Standard

A "1-year period of limitation" applies to motions brought under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. 28 U.S.C. § 2255(f). The statute of limitations clock begins to run from ...


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