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United States v. Berry

filed: August 18, 1993.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
JOYCE BERRY, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. D.C. No. CR-90-00262-PMP(LRL). Philip M. Pro, District Judge, Presiding

Before: Reinhardt and Leavy, Circuit Judges, and Merhige, Senior District Judge*fn**

MEMORANDUM

Joyce Berry appeals from the district court's denial of her motion to vacate, set aside, or correct sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, arguing that the district court erred by not finding that her trial counsel's representation had been ineffective as a matter of law and, in the alternative, by failing to conduct an evidentiary hearing on the quality of that representation. We review de novo the denial of the 2255 motion, see United States v. Johnson, 988 F.2d 941, 943 (9th Cir. 1993), while examining for an abuse of discretion the decision not to conduct an evidentiary hearing. See United States v. Rogers, 984 F.2d 314, 316 (9th Cir. 1993).

While we reject Berry's contention that the district court erred as a matter of law by failing to grant relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, we cannot hold on the strength of this record and in the absence of an evidentiary hearing that it has been conclusively established that Berry's section 2255 motion is without merit. See Grady v. United States, 929 F.2d 468, 471 (9th Cir. 1991). Accordingly, we must remand for an evidentiary hearing. See id.

REMANDED for further proceedings.

Disposition

REMANDED for further ...


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