United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Earl Wayne Odom, Defendant-appellant, 825 F.2d 408 (4th Cir. 1987)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 825 F.2d 408 (4th Cir. 1987) Submitted June 29, 1987. Decided July 24, 1987

Earl Wayne Odom, appellant pro se.

John Stuart Bruce, Office of the United States Attorney, for appellee.

Before RUSSELL, ERVIN and CHAPMAN, Circuit Judges.


Earl W. Odom, an inmate confined at the Federal Correctional Institute in Butner, North Carolina, appeals from the denial of habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. We agree with the district court that Odom failed to show that his counsel's representation fell below the range of competence required of attorneys in criminal actions. See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984); Marzullo v. Maryland, 561 F.2d 540 (4th Cir. 1977), cert. denied, 435 U.S. 1011 (1978). Accordingly, we affirm the judgment below. We dispense with oral argument because the dispositive issues recently have been decided authoritatively.