United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. William Jearell Bircher, Defendant-appellant, 65 F.3d 176 (9th Cir. 1995)Annotate this Case
Before: ALARCON, FERNANDEZ and RYMER, Circuit Judges.
Federal prisoner William Jearell Bircher appeals pro se the district court's summary dismissal of his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion challenging his conviction and 120 month sentence imposed for cocaine distribution and use of a firearm. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, and we affirm.
Bircher contends that his conviction must be vacated on the ground that the search warrants used to obtain evidence against him were obtained through violations of Fed. R. Crim. P. 41 because his copies of the search warrants do not reflect timely original signatures of the magistrate judge issuing them, and the district court docket does not reflect timely docketing of every search warrant. Bircher did not raise these allegations in his direct appeal. See United States v. Bircher, No. 93-10536 (unpublished disposition) (9th Cir. Sept. 8, 1994).
Relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is limited to claims of constitutional error. United States v. Addonizio, 442 U.S. 178, 185 (1979). The "settled rule in the Ninth Circuit is that a purely technical violation of Rule 41 does not require the suppression of evidence otherwise legally obtained." United States v. Luk, 859 F.2d 667, 671 (9th Cir. 1988). Here, our review of the record indicates that the district court did not err in determining that Bircher failed to allege claims of constitutional error requiring that his conviction and sentence be vacated and the search warrants invalidated.
Because it plainly appears from the face of Bircher's section 2255 motion that he is not entitled to relief, the district court did not err by summarily dismissing his motion without an evidentiary hearing. See United States v. Mathews, 833 F.2d 161, 164 (9th Cir. 1987).