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Reardon v. United States

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

November 28, 2017

Edward Cory Reardon, Movant,
v.
United States of America, Respondent.

          ORDER

          ARTHUR J. TARNOW, SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Order Denying Movant's Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence [38]; and Denying Movant a Certificate of Appealability

         On July 11, 2016, Movant Edward Cory Reardon pled guilty to one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), and one count of production of child pornography, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2251(a) [Dkt. 27]. On January 30, 2017, the Court sentenced Movant to 15 years' (180 months) of imprisonment.

         Movant filed a Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence [38] on August 8, 2017. On order of the Court, the Government filed a Response [42] on September 25, 2017. Movant filed a Reply [43] on October 18, 2017.

         For the reasons stated below, Movant's Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence [38] is DENIED. Movant is DENIED a certificate of appealability.

         Factual Background

         In September 2013, the Government issued a criminal complaint charging Movant with various child pornography-related activities. In addition, in October 2013, Movant was charged in Macomb County with sexually abusive activity against a child, in violation of M.C.L. § 750.145C2, and using computers to commit a crime, in violation of M.C.L. § 750.145D2F. The Government's motion to dismiss the federal criminal complaint without prejudice was granted in December 2013.

         On January 8, 2014, the Macomb County Circuit Court sentenced Movant to an indeterminate term of incarceration of 6-20 years.

         After further investigation by law enforcement, the Government issued an indictment [1] against Movant on March 10, 2015. Movant remained in the custody of the Michigan Department of Corrections (“MDOC”) during the pendency of this case, from March 10, 2015 through February 15, 2017.

         Movant pled guilty on July 11, 2016. The Court sentenced Movant to 15 years' imprisonment [36]. That sentence runs concurrent to the MDOC sentence that Movant was already serving.

         Legal Standard

         To succeed on a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct sentence, a movant must allege “(1) an error of constitutional magnitude; (2) a sentence imposed outside the statutory limits; or (3) an error of fact or law that was so fundamental as to render the entire proceeding invalid.” Pough v. United States, 442 F.3d 959, 964 (6th Cir. 2006) (quoting Mallett v. United States, 334 F.3d 491, 496-97 (6th Cir. 2003)). Movant alleges a violation of his constitutional right to the effective assistance of counsel. To establish ineffective assistance of counsel, Movant must show that his counsel rendered deficient performance and thereby prejudiced Movant's defense so as to render the outcome of the proceedings unreliable. See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687 (1984).

         Analysis

         Movant faults his counsel for failing to obtain credit for the time Movant served between September 2013 and January 2017. This does not meet the Strickland standard. Movant fails to recognize that his counsel could not have rendered deficient performance because, among other reasons, the Court was statutorily bound to impose a 15-year sentence. See 18 U.S.C. ยง 2251(e). Although there are certain situations in ...


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