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United States v. St. Pierre

United States District Court, District of Montana, Great Falls Division

August 15, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff/Respondent,
v.
THOMPSON DENSMORE ST. PIERRE, Defendant/Movant.

ORDER STAYING MOTION UNDER 28 U.S.C. § 2255

Brian M. Morris United States District Court

On March 10, 2014, Defendant/Movant Thompson Densmore St. Pierre filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. St. Pierre is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se.

St. Pierre asserts the United States did not introduce sufficient evidence to prove his Indian status. He also claims counsel was ineffective for failing to raise the issue in his motion under Fed. R. Crim. P. 29 and on appeal. Mot. § 2255 (Doc. 51) at 4 ¶¶ 5A-B, 7-9.

Although St. Pierre’s motion does not cite the case, his reasoning is similar to that employed by a panel of the Court of Appeals in United States v. Zepeda, 738 F.3d 201, 210 (9th Cir. 2013) (following United States v. Maggi, 598 F.3d 1073, 1080 (9th Cir. 2010), and United States v. Bruce, 394 F.3d 1215, 1223 (9th Cir. 2005)). The panel opinion has been withdrawn pending rehearing en banc. See Zepeda, 742 F.3d 910 (9th Cir. Feb. 10, 2014). Oral argument was held on June 18, 2014, but a decision has not yet been issued.

The en banc decision in Zepeda may bear on the issues presented in St. Pierre’s motion. Consideration of the § 2255 motion will be stayed pending the release of that opinion.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that consideration of the § 2255 motion (Doc. 51) is STAYED pending issuance of the en banc opinion in United States v. Zepeda, No. 10-10131 (9th Cir. filed Mar. 25, 2010).

St. Pierre must immediately notify the Court of any change in his mailing address by filing a “Notice of Change of Address.” Failure to do so may result in dismissal of his § 2255 motion without notice to him.


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