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Cascketta v. USA

United States District Court, D. Arizona

October 19, 2018

Karl John Cascketta, Movant,
v.
USA, Respondent.

          ORDER

          JAMES A. TEILBORG SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         I. Background

         On June 23, 2016, Movant filed a Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct his sentence (“Motion to Vacate”). On November 14, 2016, the Magistrate Judge to whom this case was assigned stayed consideration of the Motion to Vacate pending two Supreme Court decisions.

         On May 7, 2018, the Government moved to lift the stay and to dismiss the Motion to Vacate. (Doc. 11). Movant has appointed counsel in this case. Counsel responded to the Government's motion. (Doc. 14). After Movant's counsel responded to the Government's motion, Movant moved for the appointment of new counsel. (Doc. 15).

         Currently pending before the Court is the Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) from the Magistrate Judge recommending that the Motion to Vacate be denied. (Doc. 16). Movant's appointed counsel did not file objections to the R&R. However, Movant, pro se, has filed objections. (Docs. 17 and 18).

         II. Review of R&R

          This Court “may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). It is “clear that the district judge must review the magistrate judge's findings and recommendations de novo if objection is made, but not otherwise.” United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121 (9th Cir. 2003) (en banc) (emphasis in original); Schmidt v. Johnstone, 263 F.Supp.2d 1219, 1226 (D. Ariz. 2003) (“Following Reyna-Tapia, this Court concludes that de novo review of factual and legal issues is required if objections are made, ‘but not otherwise.'”); Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Ctr. v. U.S. Bureau of Land Mgmt., 589 F.3d 1027, 1032 (9th Cir. 2009) (the district court “must review de novo the portions of the [Magistrate Judge's] recommendations to which the parties object.”). District courts are not required to conduct “any review at all . . . of any issue that is not the subject of an objection.” Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985) (emphasis added); see also 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) (“the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the [report and recommendation] to which objection is made.”).

         Because Movant has counsel in this case, the Court need not consider his pro se objections. Nonetheless, the Court will consider de novo whether the objections impact the result of this case.

         III. Discussion

         Preliminarily, after the R&R was issued, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided United States v. Blackstone, No. 17-55023, 2018 WL 4344096 (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2018). Based on the Court of Appeals decision in Blackstone, it is likely that Movant's Motion to Vacate in this case is untimely. Nonetheless, because neither party briefed this issue, the Court will consider the merits of the Motion to Vacate.

         Based on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in United States v. Watson, 881 F.3d 782, 786 (9th Cir. 2018), the Court agrees with the R&R that Movant's motion fails on the merits. (Doc. 16 at 3-4). Movant's objections (Docs. 17 and 18) do not change this analysis. Further, the Court agrees with the R&R, that new counsel would not change this analysis. (See Doc. 16 at 4).

         IV. Conclusion

         Thus, based on the foregoing, IT IS ORDERED that the Government's Motion (Doc. 11) is granted to the extent specified herein.

         IT IS ...


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