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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Terrance Dion RUSH Defendant - Appellant

No. 19-2892

Decided: November 20, 2020

Before ERICKSON, WOLLMAN, and STRAS, Circuit Judges. Dan Chatham, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Mackenzi Jo Nash, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender's Office, Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, IA, for Defendant-Appellant Terrance Dion Rush, Pro Se


Terrence Rush appeals after he pleaded guilty to a drug offense and to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and the district court 1 imposed sentence. He contends that there was insufficient evidence supporting his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also challenges his sentence and asserts that he received ineffective assistance of counsel.

We conclude that there was a sufficient factual basis for Rush's guilty plea to the felon-in-possession charge. See United States v. Christenson, 653 F.3d 697, 700 (8th Cir. 2011) (reviewing challenge to unobjected-to factual basis for guilty plea for plain error); United States v. Garcia-Hernandez, 803 F.3d 994, 997 (8th Cir. 2015) (mens rea requirement does not apply to interstate-commerce element of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)); see also Rehaif v. United States, ––– U.S. ––––, 139 S. Ct. 2191, 2196, 204 L.Ed.2d 594 (2019) (presumption in favor of scienter requirement does not apply to jurisdictional elements). In addition, we find no merit to Rush's sentencing challenge, and we decline to address any claims of ineffective assistance of counsel in this direct appeal. See United States v. Hernandez, 281 F.3d 746, 749 (8th Cir. 2002) (in general, ineffective-assistance claim is not cognizable on direct appeal; such claim is properly raised in 28 U.S.C. § 2255 action). Accordingly, we affirm. See 8th Cir. R. 47B.


1.   The Honorable C.J. Williams, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Iowa.


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