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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Michael Owen DEVAUGHN, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 20-50249

Decided: June 29, 2021

Before: SILVERMAN, WATFORD, and BENNETT, Circuit Judges. Bram M. Alden, DOJ - Office of the U.S. Attorney, Los Angeles, CA, Ali Moghaddas, Assistant U.S. Attorney, DOJ-USAO, Los Angeles, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Michael Owen DeVaughn, Pro Se


Michael Owen DeVaughn appeals from the district court's judgment and challenges the revocation of supervised release, as well as the time-served sentence and six-month term of supervised release imposed upon revocation. Pursuant to Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967), DeVaughn's counsel has filed a brief stating that there are no grounds for relief, along with a motion to withdraw as counsel of record. DeVaughn has filed a pro se supplemental opening brief and the government has filed an answering brief.

Our independent review of the record pursuant to Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80, 109 S.Ct. 346, 102 L.Ed.2d 300 (1988), discloses no arguable grounds for relief on direct appeal. DeVaughn's pro se contention that the district court lacked jurisdiction over the supervised release revocation is unavailing, and his remaining pro se arguments are not supported by the record. To the extent DeVaughn seeks to raise a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, we do not reach that claim on direct appeal. See United States v. Rahman, 642 F.3d 1257, 1259-60 (9th Cir. 2011).

DeVaughn's pro se requests to appoint substitute counsel and to submit further supplemental briefing are denied.

Counsel's motion to withdraw is GRANTED.


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