REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
MICHAEL R. MERZ, Magistrate Judge.
This is an action under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in which Defendant Dexter McCain complains in several regards of ineffective assistance of trial counsel provided by Assistant Federal PublicDefender Thomas Anderson. As with all post-judgment collateral attacks on criminal judgments filed at Dayton, it has been referred to the undersigned.
The § 2255 Motion is before the Court for initial review pursuant to Rule 4(b) of the Rules Governing § 2255 Cases which provides:
The judge who receives the motion must promptly examine it. If it plainly appears from the motion, any attached exhibits, and the record of prior proceedings that the moving party is not entitled to relief, the judge must dismiss the motion and direct the clerk to notify the moving party. If the motion is not dismissed, the judge must order the United States to file an answer, motion, or other response within a fixed time, or take other action the judge may order.
28 U.S.C. § 2255(f) provides:
A 1-year period of limitation shall apply to a motion under this section. The limitation period shall run from the latest of -
(A) the date on which the judgment of conviction becomes final;
(B) the date on which the impediment to making a motion created by governmental action in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States is removed, if the defendant was prevented from making a motion by such governmental action;
(C) the date on which the right asserted was initially recognized by the Supreme Court, if that right has been newly recognized by the Supreme Court and made retroactively applicable to cases on collateral review; or
(D) the date on which the facts supporting the claim or claims presented could have been discovered through the exercise of due diligence.
Upon examination of the docket in this case, the Magistrate Judge finds that McCain was sentenced, pursuant to Plea Agreement and Presentence Investigation Report, on February 27, 2008 (Doc. No. 53). His judgment of conviction therefore became final March 13, 2008, the last date on which he could have filed an appeal to the Sixth Circuit. McCain's § 2255 Motion was not filed until September 18, 2013, five and one-half years later. In the timeliness section of the Motion, he attempts to excuse his delay by saying Mr. Anderson promised to file an appeal on his behalf and he only found out that Anderson did not do so when he received a letter from the Sixth Circuit saying that no appeal had been filed (Doc. No. 59). McCain's inquiry to that court was answered the same day it was received, January 9, 2013, nearly five years after the judgment of conviction became final. Waiting five years to find out whether or not an appeal has been filed simply does not show due diligence.
It is therefore respectfully recommended that McCain's § 2255 Motion be dismissed with prejudice as time-barred. Because reasonable jurists would not disagree with this conclusion, Petitioner should be denied a certificate of appealability and the Court should ...