W. KEITH WATKINS, Chief District Judge.
On July 6, 2017, the Magistrate Judge filed a Recommendation (Doc. # 54) to which Petitioner timely objected (Doc. # 56).
Petitioner's objection contends that his attorney, Ms. Connor, should have "discuss[ed] the possibility of a plea bargain with him." (Doc. # 56, at 4.) However, the only case Petitioner offers for this proposition is Lafler v. Cooper, 566 U.S. 156 (2012), a Supreme Court case that affirmed the application of the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel during plea bargaining. From Lafler it does not follow that Petitioner's attorney was required to bring up the possibility of a plea bargain with Petitioner. Indeed, given the fact that Petitioner had rejected the suggestion of a plea deal when his previous attorney brought it up, this court agrees with the Magistrate Judge's assessment that "it was not professionally unreasonable for Conner not to raise anew with Tolbert the possibility of pleading guilty or of seeking a plea deal after she was appointed to represent him." (Doc. # 54, at 13.) Even if it were unreasonable, Lafler also requires Petitioner to show
566 U.S. at 164. Petitioner could not, and did not even attempt, to establish any of these facts.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED as follows:
1. Petitioner's objections (Docs. # 55, 56) are OVERRULED;
2. The Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. # 54) is ADOPTED; and
3. Petitioner's 28 U.S.C. § 2255 motion is DENIED, and this case DISMISSED with prejudice.
A final judgment will be entered separately.