S.D.Ohio: Def’s 50% downward departure on USSG sentencing range makes IAC for not arguing 4A at sentencing moot; harmless error at worst

Where defendant got a 50% downward USSG departure for a 360-life offense, he received no ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to argue a firearm should have been suppressed that led only to a 2 point USSG enhancement. United States v. Dickey, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53809 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 26, 2024).*

“The State therefore offered Lewis a procedure by which he could assert his Fourth Amendment claims, and he availed himself of that procedure. ‘That suffices to preclude review of the claim through a habeas corpus petition under Stone v. Powell.’ Good, 729 F.3d at 640. Accordingly, reasonable jurists would not debate the district court’s denial of Lewis’s Fourth Amendment claims.” Lewis v. Rewerts, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 7162 (6th Cir. Mar. 26, 2024).*

Officers stopping defendant saw a firearm in the car. Getting him out, handcuffing him, and putting him in a patrol car was with reasonable suspicion. United States v. Hardy, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53110 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 26, 2024).*

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