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Taylor v. United States

United States District Court, D. Maryland

May 19, 2015

GREGORY SYLVESTER TAYLOR, JR., Petitioner,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. No. RWT-13-3816

MEMORANDUM OPINION

ROGER W. TITUS, District Judge.

Pending is Petitioner Gregory Sylvester Taylor, Jr.'s Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Upon review of the papers filed, and for the reasons stated below, the Court will deny Taylor's Motion.

BACKGROUND

Between December 2009 and April 2010, Taylor held up four separate banks in Prince George's County, Maryland. ECF No. 47-1 at 1. Taylor was charged with five counts of entering a financial institution with intent to commit larceny in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113. ECF No. 9.

Having initially refused counsel, ECF No. 5, Taylor launched an assault on the docket of the Court through numerous filings indicative of a "flesh-and-blood" or "sovereign citizen" defense.[1] E.g. ECF No. 13 ("I demand an appearance bond or a personal recognizance bond be issued forthwith, and respectfully demand a waiver of the fees and costs, so I can appear and plea to the charges during which I will stipulate to all the facts and accept and return the same for full settlement and closure in the transaction.'"). Between June 21, 2010 and December 13, 2010, Taylor made at least nine filings with the Court in his criminal case, all of which were nonsensical and without merit.[2] Taylor also filed a number of frivolous civil lawsuits during this time period, all of which advanced similar flesh-and-blood "claims."[3]

In the interim, counsel was appointed for Taylor, ECF No. 36, and he pled guilty on December 13, 2010. ECF No. 46. He was sentenced to 63 months of imprisonment on March 3, 2011. ECF No. 54. The Court enhanced Taylor's offense level for obstruction of justice due to the numerous frivolous motions and lawsuits he filed.[4] Taylor filed a notice of appeal through counsel on March 15, 2011.[5] ECF No. 56. Taylor also filed a number of § 2255 motions pro se during the pendency of his appeal, all of which were dismissed without prejudice for being premature. ECF Nos. 69, 80, 92. The Fourth Circuit affirmed this Court on February 8, 2013. ECF No. 106.

Petitioner filed the instant petition on December 16, 2013.[6] ECF No. 115. The following are the "grounds" that form the basis of his petition, presented verbatim (errors and capitalization as in original):

Ground One: MISAPPLICATION OF STATUE
Supporting Facts: I am applying LAWS to SOCIETY for Grounds of dealing with said LEGAL CASE as it applies to said party, not for confrontation means
Ground Two: MISAPPLICATION OF STATUE
Supporting Facts: WAS NOT GIVEN DISCOVERY, PROPERTY TO CASE, as to its application, INJURY NON-RESPONSE.
Ground Three: MISAPPLICATION OF STATUE
Supporting Facts: INJURY, NON-RESPONSE
Ground Four: MISAPPLICATION ...

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