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U.S. v. RAMSEY

May 8, 2003

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF, MAURICE RAMSEY, DEFENDANT


The opinion of the court was delivered by: John W. Darrah, United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

On June 3, 2002, Defendant, Maurice Ramsey ("Ramsey"), appeared before this Court and pled guilty to two counts of uttering and possessing a counterfeited security in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 513 (a). Ramsey made a "blind" plea, meaning that there was no written plea agreement. Ramsey subsequently filed an Amended Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea. For the reasons that follow, Ramsey's Amended Motion to Withdraw Guilty Plea is denied.

BACKGROUND

At the June 3, 2002 plea hearing, after questioning Ramsey and counsel, the Court found that Ramsey was competent to plead guilty. Both the Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting this case and Ramsey's then-counsel, Ronald Clark, stated that they believed that Ramsey was competent to enter a plea of guilty.

In response to the Court's questions, Ramsey testified, under oath, as follows.

THE COURT: Mr. Ramsey, have you had enough time to discuss this matter with Mr. Clark, your lawyer?
THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Are you satisfied with the advice and the efforts of Mr. Clark on your behalf as your attorney?
THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Now, there was an issue earlier on in these proceedings when you corresponded with me. Do you recall that?
THE DEFENDANT: Yes.
THE COURT: And you raised some questions about the representation you were receiving from Mr. Clark. Do you still have those fears?
THE DEFENDANT: No, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Do you still have those concerns?

THE DEFENDANT: No.

THE COURT: Is there anything about the representation Mr. Clark has afforded you that you think has been less than adequate?
THE DEFENDANT: No, Your Honor.
THE COURT: You believe tat he has served your interests as your lawyer and done that well?
THE DEFENDANT: Yes, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Are you satisfied with his advice and with the efforts he's made on your behalf in this case?
THE ...

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