Willie Griffin, Jr. v. Archie Longley, No. 13-60105 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
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Case: 13-60105 Document: 00512458702 Page: 1 Date Filed: 12/03/2013 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit No. 13-60105 Summary Calendar FILED December 3, 2013 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk WILLIE J. GRIFFIN, JR., Petitioner-Appellant v. ARCHIE LONGLEY, Warden, Yazoo City, Respondent-Appellee Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi USDC No. 5:12-CV-78 Before WIENER, OWEN, and HAYNES, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: * Willie J. Griffin, Jr., federal prisoner # 04667-017, appeals from the order of the district court denying his petition for habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Griffin argues that he was actually innocent of any offense because his indictment failed to specify a quantity of cocaine base, an omission that could not be cured by reference to 21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C), as that subsection requires no specific minimum quantity as do the subsections Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 13-60105 Document: 00512458702 Page: 2 Date Filed: 12/03/2013 No. 13-60105 governing larger amounts. He also contends that § 841(b)(1)(C) was inapplicable because it makes reference to cocaine hydrochloride as a Schedule II substance and makes no reference to cocaine base. A federal prisoner may attack the validity of his conviction in a § 2241 petition if he can meet the requirements of the savings clause of 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Kinder v. Purdy, 222 F.3d 209, 212 (5th Cir. 2000). The prisoner bears the burden of showing that the remedy under § 2255 would be inadequate or ineffective to test the legality of his detention. 28 U.S.C. § 2255(e); ReyesRequena v. United States, 243 F.3d 893, 901 (5th Cir. 2001). A petitioner s inability to meet the procedural requirements of § 2255 is insufficient to meet this burden. Pack v. Yusuff, 218 F.3d 448, 452-53 (5th Cir. 2000). Rather, a prisoner who wishes to proceed under the savings clause must establish that his claim is based on a retroactively applicable Supreme Court decision which establishes that the petitioner may have been convicted of a nonexistent offense and that the claim was foreclosed by circuit law at the time when the claim should have been raised. Reyes-Requena, 243 F.3d at 904. Griffin cites to Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000), McQuiggin v. Perkins, 133 S. Ct. 1924 (2013), and Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013), in support of his arguments. Those opinions do not support a holding that Griffin s claim is based on a retroactively applicable Supreme Court opinion indicating that he was convicted of a nonexistent offense and that his claim was foreclosed when it otherwise should have been raised. See ReyesRequena, 243 F.3d at 904. AFFIRMED. 2