United Statesv.Goldsby

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO EASTERN DIVISIONJan 6, 2014
CASE NO. 1:96 CR 403 (N.D. Ohio Jan. 6, 2014)

CASE NO. 1:96 CR 403

01-06-2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL GOLDSBY, Defendant.


JUDGE DONALD C. NUGENT


MEMORANDUM OPINION

AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court upon Defendant's motion to reduce sentence based on The Sixth Circuit's holding in United States v. Blewett, ___ F.3d ___, 2013 WL 2121945 (6Cir., May 17, 2013). (ECF # 493). On December 3, 2013, the Sixth Circuit decided and filed an en banc opinion reconsidering the prior decision. The en banc panel held in United States v. Blewett, ___ F.3d ___, 2013 WL 6231727, *2-3 (6 Cir. Dec. 3, 2013) that the Fair Sentencing Act's new mandatory minimums do not apply retroactively to defendants who were sentenced prior to the FSA's effective date. This holding was found to be "[c]onsistent with a 142-year-old congressional presumption against applying reductions in criminal penalties to those already sentenced," consistent with 1 U.S.C. § 109, consistent with the views of a unanimous Supreme Court as articulated in Dorsey v. United States, 132 S.Ct. 2321, 2332 (2012), "consistent with the decisions of every other court of appeals in the country, and consistent with dozens of [the Sixth Circuit's] own decision." Further, the Court held that the failure to apply the mandatory minimums retroactively does not violate the United States Constitution, and § 3582(c)(2) of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 does not provide a valid means of circumventing this interpretation. As the Defendant in this case has sought relief based solely on the holding of the prior Blewett case, and that decision has been emphatically overturned by the en banc panel, Defendant is not entitled to the relief sought and his motion (ECF # 493) is hereby denied. IT IS SO ORDERED.

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DONALD C. NUGENT


United States District Judge