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Blake v. United States

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


January 21, 2010

BYRON BLAKE, PETITIONER/DEFENDANT,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RESPONDENT/PLAINTIFF.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter is before the Court on Petitioner Byron Blake's motion for relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255.

Blake was convicted on three counts involving the distribution of crack cocaine, and he was sentenced to 420 months imprisonment, 10 years supervised release, a fine of $3000, and a special assessment of $300. In his direct appeal, Blake raised "a litany of arguments," but the Seventh Circuit found that only two warranted "serious consideration" -- whether the Court erred in its finding regarding drug quantity and whether testimony should have been excluded regarding Blake's attempt to intimidate a witness. Following an extended discussion, these arguments were rejected, as were the lesser issues presented; Blake's conviction and sentence were affirmed. United States v. Blake, 286 Fed. Appx. 337, Appeal No. 07-2704 (7th Cir., decided Aug. 8, 2008). Blake then filed the instant motion under § 2255.

In his motion Blake raises four grounds for relief: (1) the court failed to question defense counsel's conflict of interest, (2) trial counsel was ineffective in failing to seek an interlocutory appeal, (3) trial counsel was ineffective in failing to move for dismissal under the Speedy Trial Act,*fn1 and (4) appellate counsel was ineffective in failing to raise certain issues on appeal.

The Court ORDERS the Government to file a response to Blake's motion within THIRTY (30) DAYS of the date of this Order. The Government shall, as part of its response, attach all relevant portions of the record.

Blake's motion for status (Doc. 3) and motion to expedite (Doc. 4) are DENIED as moot.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

G. PATRICK MURPHY United States District Judge


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