No. 87-1352.

857 F.2d 923 (1988)

UNITED STATES of America v. Lonnie DAWSON.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Decided September 21, 1988.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carol A. Koller (argued), Defender Ass'n of Philadelphia, Federal Court Div., Philadelphia, Pa., for appellant.

Paul J. Van De Graaf (argued), Asst. U.S. Atty., U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, Pa., for appellee.

Before GIBBONS, HIGGINBOTHAM and HUNTER, Circuit Judges.


JAMES HUNTER, III, Circuit Judge:

Appellant Lonnie Dawson seeks review of a district court order denying his motion to vacate or modify his sentence. He petitioned the district court under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, claiming that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to call or interview several potential witnesses. Appellant argues that the district court erred in denying his motion without first conducting a hearing on the issue...

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