United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. James Clark Spears, A/k/a Jay, Defendant-appellant, 981 F.2d 1252 (4th Cir. 1992)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 981 F.2d 1252 (4th Cir. 1992) Submitted: November 30, 1992Decided: December 17, 1992

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, at Elkins.

James Clark Spears, Appellant Pro Se.

Patrick Michael Flatley, Assistant United States Attorney, for Appellee.

N.D.W. Va.


Before WILKINS and NIEMEYER, Circuit Judges, and CHAPMAN, Senior Circuit Judge.


James Clark Spears appeals from the district court's order refusing relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (1988) and his motion to alter or amend the court's order. Our review of the record and the district court's opinion discloses that this appeal is without merit and that there was no abuse of discretion. Accordingly, we affirm on the reasoning of the district court.*  United States v. Spears, Nos. CR-88-201, CA-92-17-E (N.D.W. Va. Apr. 22 and July 6, 1992). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.



Although it applied the proper analysis under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (1988), the district court inadvertently termed Spears's claim challenging the Attorney General's calculations of jail credit a § 2255 motion. Section 2241 is the appropriate procedural vehicle for petitions challenging the execution rather than the legality of the sentence imposed. United States v. Miller, 871 F.2d 488, 489-90 (4th Cir. 1989). So construed, dismissal for lack of jurisdiction would still be appropriate, because a § 2241 petition must be brought in the district of the petitioner's confinement which, in this case, is Memphis, Tennessee. Id. at 490. Although the court ruled correctly, that lack of jurisdiction obviated the need to consider Spears's failure to exhaust fully the Administrative Remedy Procedure outlined in 28 C.F.R. § 542.15 (1992). See Chua Han Mow v. United States, 730 F.2d 1308 (9th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 470 U.S. 1031 (1985); see also United States v. Wilson, 60 U.S.L.W. 4244 (U.S. 1992) (initial determination of jail credit to be made by Attorney General)