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U.S. GOVERNMENT v. SADOWSKY

March 8, 2004.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, Plaintiff,
v.
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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