UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
May 19, 2011
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
OLADAYO OLADOKUN, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ellen Segal Huvelle United States District Judge
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
On February 3, 2011, defendant pled guilty to aggravated identity theft, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, and was sentenced to the two-year mandatory term of imprisonment required by statute on April 1, 2011. Before the Court is defendant's motion for a new trial pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 33, which the Court will deny.
"By its express terms, Rule 33 is confined to those situations in which a trial has been had," and does not make a new trial available to one who pleads guilty. United States v. Graciani, 61 F.3d 70, 78 (1st Cir. 1995) (citing United States v. Collins, 898 F.2d 103, 104 (9th Cir. 1989)); Moore's Federal Practice-Criminal Procedure § 633.02. "A defendant who enters a guilty plea cannot thereafter use Rule 33 as a wedge to undo his acknowledgment that he committed the offense." United States v. Dyess, 293 F. Supp. 2d 675, 683 (S.D. W.Va. 2003) (quoting Graciani, 61 F.3d at 78)).1
1 Moreover, defendant's proffered evidence is not "newly discovered," but rather repeats the factual predicate for defendant's January 28, 2011 Motion for Reconsideration of Motion to Suppress Evidence-to wit, that defendant owned the Lexus searched by the authorities, and thus had standing to challenge its search. (Dkt. No. 24 at 2-3.) Indeed, defendant admitted that he and the government had entered into a stipulation as to this very issue prior to his guilty plea one week later. (Id at 3.)
Defendant's Motion for a New Trial pursuant to Rule 33 [Dkt. No. 42] is therefore DENIED.
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