Appeals from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (F-5928-99) (Hon. John M. Campbell, Trial Judge).
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Washington, Chief Judge
Before WASHINGTON,*fn2 Chief Judge, and REID, Associate Judge, and TERRY,*fn3 Senior Judge.
After a jury trial, appellant Anthony Jeffrey ("Jeffrey") was convicted of carrying a pistol without a license ("CPWL") in a gun-free zone,*fn4 possession of an unregistered firearm,*fn5 and possession of ammunition.*fn6 On appeal, Jeffrey contends that: (1) the trial court erred when it denied his § 23-110 motion, or in the alternative, that this court should address his ineffective assistance claim under the common law writ of coram nobis; (2) the trial court erred when it refused to hold a hearing on his § 23-110 motion or compel trial counsel to cooperate with his appellate counsel; and (3) the evidence was insufficient to support his enhanced conviction of carrying a pistol without a license in a gun-free zone. We affirm.
As Jeffrey states in his brief on appeal, "[m]ost of the evidence at trial was not contested." The government's evidence showed that, at about 7:30 p.m. on August 14, 1999, Metropolitan Police Lieutenants Dianne Groomes and Edward Delgado were on patrol near the alley behind the 1200 block of Neal Street, Northeast. The officers had received complaints about the alley being used for drug deals and prostitution.According to the testimony, on the other side of the 1200 block of Neal Street, Northeast "is Wheatley Elementary School and the day care center and there is a playground area and the parking lot." As the officers approached the alley, theynoticed a car blocking the alley. The officers noticed two people, one of whom was Jeffrey, in the car reclining back in their seats.
Lieutenant Delgado saw Jeffrey turn around to look at the officers from the front passenger's seat and then bend down toward the floorboard of the car. When the officers got out of their car to investigate, both officers also detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car. At this point, Jeffrey jumped out of the car and started walking to the front of the car. Lieutenant Groomes tried to block him, and Jeffrey did "kind of like a little skirmish-type of a thing, kind of what we call on the street like a faking me out."
Lieutenant Delgado pulled Jeffrey onto the trunk of the car and put him in the frisk position. Because the car door was left ajar, Lieutenant Groomes noticed a barrel of a gun protruding from underneath the passenger's seat. The officers told the female passenger to stay seated in the car. According to Lieutenant Groomes, Jeffrey spontaneously told the officers that the female passenger had nothing to do with it, that it was his car and that he had just bought it. Lieutenant Delgado testified that Jeffrey also admitted that "[w]hatever is in the car is mine."
A crime scene search technician responded to the scene, saw the gun protruding from underneath the car seat, and took photographs. The technician also measured the distance from the location of the gun to the property line near the fence of Wheatley Elementary School, and testified at trial that the distance was 151 feet and 7 inches.
Jeffrey presented no evidence at trial. After deliberations, a jury found Jeffrey guilty of all counts. Jeffrey was sentenced on June 22, 2001, to multiple sentences of two years supervised probation, all to run concurrently. On May 17, 2002, Jeffrey's probation was revoked and he was sentenced to one to three months' incarceration.
A. Jeffrey's Section 23-110 Motion
On October 16, 2002, Jeffrey filed an Ex Parte Motion to Compel Cooperation of Trial Counsel, which the trial court denied on November 4, 2002. The motion stated that cooperation of trial counsel was necessary to determine whether an ineffective assistance of counsel motion would be appropriate. On February 11, 2003, Jeffrey filed a Motion to Vacate Sentence pursuant to D.C. Code § 23-110 (2001) alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Specifically, Jeffrey argued that trial counsel was ineffective because he should have put forth evidence showing that Jeffrey did not own the vehicle, and that, because of this, Jeffrey had no knowledge of the gun underneath the ...