IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
June 3, 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CURT D. KOSOW
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Arthur J. Schwab United States District Judge
ORDER DENYING MOTION TO VACATE (DOC. No. 181 AT CRIM. No. 06-228) AS PREMATURE
Defendant Curt D. Kosow has filed a pro se Motion to Vacate Judgment of Conviction (doc. no. 181 at Crim No. 06-228) alleging that the government violated his right to a speedy trial under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161 and the Sixth Amendment. Mr. Kosow's counseled direct appeal is pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. See doc. no. 150, Notice of Appeal.
While there may be no outright jurisdictional bar to consideration of a section 2255 motion to vacate during the pendency of a direct appeal, ordinarily such a motion is deemed premature and dismissed without prejudice. See Patillo v. Levi, 2009 WL 1097791, *2 (D.N.J. 2009) ("In the context of a collateral attack upon a federal conviction, courts have concluded that 'there is no jurisdictional bar to a district court's adjudication of a § 2255 motion while the movant's direct appeal is pending, but that such actions are disfavored as a matter of judicial economy and concern that the results on direct appeal may make the district court's efforts a nullity.'"), (quoting United States v. Banks, 269 Fed. App'x 152, 153 (3d Cir. 2008) (additional citations omitted)).
Accordingly, defendant's motion to vacate (doc. no. 181 at Crim No. 06-228) is DENIED without prejudice.
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