Coleman v. State, 79-2588

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Citation417 So.2d 690
PartiesThomas Harridd COLEMAN, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee.
Docket NumberNo. 79-2588,79-2588
Decision Date12 May 1982

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417 So.2d 690
Thomas Harridd COLEMAN, Appellant,
STATE of Florida, Appellee.
No. 79-2588.
District Court of Appeal of Florida,
Fourth District.
May 12, 1982.
Rehearing Denied Aug. 18, 1982.

Richard L. Jorandby, Public Defender, and Richard B. Greene, Asst. Public Defender, West Palm Beach, for appellant.

Jim Smith, Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, Ondina Felipe and Trela J. White, Asst. Attys. Gen., West Palm Beach, for appellee.


This is an appeal from a judgment entered pursuant to a plea of nolo contendere adjudicating appellant guilty of kidnapping and sentencing him to life imprisonment. On appeal appellant asserts that the trial court erred in denying his motions to suppress and discharge. Appellant further asserts that, should we find no error in the trial court's denial of the motion to discharge, we must nevertheless remand and allow him the opportunity to withdraw his plea.

Appellant entered his plea of nolo contendere shortly after the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. State, 376 So.2d 382 (Fla.1979), which held that a defendant could not, absent circumstances not present here, reserve the right to appeal an order denying a motion to suppress a confession upon a plea of nolo contendere. The Brown decision was not discussed at the time appellant changed his plea and the transcript of the hearing reflects that everyone was proceeding on the basis that the defendant could reserve the right to appeal the denial of the motion to suppress his confession. Indeed, the trial court specifically advised the appellant that he was giving up the right to appeal all matters except the denial of his motion to suppress and motion for discharge. Since appellant's plea was predicated on the assurance to him that he could appeal both issues, we do not believe it would be appropriate to rule on the discharge issue until appellant has had an opportunity to withdraw his plea based upon the invalidity of the agreement reserving his right to appeal the suppression issue.

Accordingly, this cause is hereby remanded to the trial court for the purpose of allowing the appellant to elect whether or not to withdraw his plea and have all of the charges filed against him reinstated, or to maintain his plea and proceed on appeal solely on the issue of his entitlement to discharge under the speedy trial rule.

LETTS, C. J., and ANSTEAD and HERSEY, JJ., concur.

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  • Turner v. State, AL-173
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • 22 Diciembre 1982 allow appellant an opportunity to withdraw his plea, we acknowledge that our opinion appears to conflict with Coleman v. State, 417 So.2d 690, 691 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982), which the Fourth District Court of Appeal expressly acknowledged conflicted with Hardison. As such, Coleman implicitly c......
  • Gomez v. State, 82-1584
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • 13 Septiembre 1983
    ...therefore, it was without jurisdiction over the appeal. See, e.g., Carr v. State, 421 So.2d 1098 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982); Coleman v. State, 417 So.2d 690 (Fla. 4th DCA 1982); Kjersgaard v. State, 383 So.2d 763 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980); Gray v. State, 381 So.2d 302 (Fla. 2d DCA 1980); Arnold v. State,......
  • State v. Coleman
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • 11 Enero 1983
    ...763 424 So.2d 763 State v. Coleman (Thomas Harridd) NO. 62621 Supreme Court of Florida. Jan 11, 1983 Appeal From: 4th DCA, 417 So.2d 690 Disposition: Pet. for rev....

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