United States District Court, N.D. Illinois
March 8, 2004.
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, Plaintiff,
KAREN SADOWSKY, Defendant
The opinion of the court was delivered by: JAMES MORAN, Senior District Judge
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Petitioner Karen Sadowsky moves for a copy of the transcript of the
proceedings in her trial, by which we understand she seeks a copy of the
transcript of her guilty plea, in order to prepare a § 2255 petition.
But, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 753(f), a transcript at government expense
for § 22S5 petitions requires a prior certification by this court or a
circuit judge that the suit is not frivolous and the transcript is needed
to decide the issue presented.
Petitioner provides no reasons at all for such a petition. Moreover,
her plea agreement waives any possible collateral attack other than a
claim of involuntariness, or ineffective assistance of counsel, "which
relates directly to this waiver or its negotiation," a very small
window indeed. Here the petitioner admitted her culpability, and we
cannot conjure up any basis for a petition. The motion is denied.
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