Hernan O'ryan Castro, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States of America, Defendant-appellee, 358 F.3d 827 (11th Cir. 2004)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - 358 F.3d 827 (11th Cir. 2004)

January 29, 2004

Michael G. Frick (Court-Appointed), Norman Daniel Lovein, Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, P.C., Brunswick, GA, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Amy Lee Copeland, Savannah, GA, for Defendant-Appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (No. 97-00097-CV-4); Anthony A. Alaimo, Judge.


Before WILSON, RONEY and FAY, Circuit Judges.


On December 15, 2003, the United States Supreme Court reversed our decision in this matter,1  holding that when a district court treats as a request for habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 a motion that a pro se federal prisoner has labeled differently, "the district court must notify the pro se litigant that it intends to recharacterize the pleading, warn the litigant that this recharacterization means that any subsequent § 2255 motion will be subject to the restrictions on `second or successive' motions, and provide the litigant an opportunity to withdraw the motion or to amend it so that it contains all the § 2255 claims he believes he has." Castro v. United States, ___ U.S. ___, 124 S. Ct. 786, 792, 157 L. Ed. 2d 778 (2003). In light of the Supreme Court's holding, we REVERSE and REMAND this case to the district court to consider the merits of Castro's petition.


See O'Ryan Castro v. United States, 290 F.3d 1270 (11th Cir. 2002).