|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ALFRED JEROILD WILSON,
(D.C. No. CIV-02-915-T)
In August 2004, this court liberally construed Wilson's pro se pleadings to allege a violation of Blakely v. Washington, 124 S.Ct. 2531 (2004). Wilson also asserted several claims of ineffective trial and appellate counsel and alleged prosecutorial misconduct. We granted Wilson a certificate of appealability ("COA") and placed Wilson's pro se appeal "on suspension to give the United States Supreme Court or our court an opportunity to clarify the application of Blakely to the United States Sentencing Guidelines."
Since the grant of COA, this court has determined that "Blakely does not apply retroactively to convictions that were already final at the time the Court decided Blakely, June 24, 2004." United States v. Price, 400 F.3d 844, 849 (10th Cir. 2005). Wilson's conviction was final on June 29, 2001, prior to the Supreme Court deciding Blakely. See Wilson v. United States, 533 U.S. 962 (2001). Thus, Blakely does not apply retroactively to this case.
We have also carefully reviewed the record with regard to Wilson's multiple ineffective assistance and prosecutorial misconduct arguments on appeal
and now determine that Wilson has not made "a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).
As such, we see no basis for granting a COA in this case. Therefore, we withdraw the prior grant of COA as improvidently granted. We VACATE this
court's grant of COA and DISMISS this appeal.
ENTERED FOR THE COURT
David M. Ebel