98 F3d 1336 United States v. Wilson

98 F.3d 1336

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff--Appellee,
Antonio WILSON, Defendant--Appellant.

No. 96-6100.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Submitted Sept. 20, 1996.
Decided Oct. 3, 1996.

NOTICE: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.

Antonio Wilson, Appellant Pro Se. Robert Edward Skiver, Assistant United States Attorney, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellee.

Before NIEMEYER, HAMILTON, and MOTZ, Circuit Judges.


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Appellant appeals from the district court's order denying his 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (1994) motion. We have reviewed the record and the district court's opinion and find no reversible error. Appellant's claims of ineffective assistance of counsel are without merit. See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 (1984). There is no basis for Appellant's contention that the district court amended the indictment through its jury instructions. Further, there is no support for the claim that this application of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) (1994) was unconstitutional. See United States v. Atkinson, 513 F.2d 38 (4th Cir.1975). Consequently, counsel cannot have been ineffective for his failure to pursue these claims. See Fitzgerald v. Thompson, 943 F.2d 463 (4th Cir.1991), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 1112 (1992). Accordingly, we deny a certificate of appealability and dismiss the appeal. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.