Farley v. United States 686, No. M

CourtUnited States Supreme Court
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM; CLARK
Citation77 S.Ct. 1371,1 L.Ed.2d 1529,354 U.S. 521
Decision Date24 June 1957
Docket NumberNo. M
PartiesCharles Leo FARLEY, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES of America. isc. 686

354 U.S. 521
77 S.Ct. 1371
1 L.Ed.2d 1529
Charles Leo FARLEY, Petitioner,

v.

UNITED STATES of America.

No. Misc. 686.
Decided June 24, 1957.

PER CURIAM.

The petition for writ of certiorari is granted, as is the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis.

Petitioner was convicted of bank robbery in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915, 28 U.S.C.A. § 1915, he applied to the District Court for leave to appeal in forma pauperis. Petitioner, who was assisted by court-appointed counsel in preparing his application, contended that the evidence was insufficient to justify

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his conviction and that the trial court had committed reversible error by permitting the United States Attorney to ask him irrelevant and prejudicial questions about another criminal offense. Petitioner requested that the District Court make available a transcript of the trial record so he could substantiate his claimed errors. In reply the United States Attorney filed an affidavit asserting that the evidence was sufficient to sustain petitioner's conviction. However, the affidavit did not directly controvert petitioner's claim that the prosecuting attorney had been allowed to inject irrelevant and prejudicial matter into the trial. Counsel for petitioner then filed an affidavit in answer supporting petitioner's allegation of errors.

The District Court refused the request for a transcript of the trial record and denied the application for leave to appeal in forma pauperis on the ground that the appeal was 'not taken in good faith' because it was 'frivolous and without merit' and '(t)he evidence amply supported the verdict.' Petitioner then asked the Court of Appeals for permission to appeal in forma pauperis but that court denied his request indicating that his claimed errors were without substance. 2 Cir., 242 F.2d 338. And see 2 Cir., 238 F.2d 575.

As things now stand conflicting affidavits have been introduced concerning petitioner's contention of errors at the trial. If the allegations made by petitioner and his counsel are correct then it seems quite clear to us that his appeal cannot be characterized as frivolous. Before his allegation of errors can be accurately evaluated, however, to ascertain if they do have any merit he should be furnished with a transcript of the trial record unless counsel can agree on a statement of the relevant facts or some other...

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  • People v. Brown, Cr. 6655
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (California)
    • December 22, 1960
    ...550, 1 L.Ed.2d 593; see also Eskridge v. Washington Prison Board, 357 U.S. 214, 78 S.Ct. 1061, 2 L.Ed.2d 1269; Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 522-523, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529; see also People v. Kalan, 2 N.Y.2d 278, 159 N.Y.S.2d 480, 140 N.E.2d 357, 358; State ex rel. White v.......
  • Tate v. United States, No. 19177
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • March 28, 1966
    ...§ 1915 requires only that a non-frivolous ground of appeal be shown to exist, as appears from Johnson, supra, and Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529 (1957). Ellis v. United States, 356 U.S. 674, 78 S.Ct. 974, 2 L.Ed.2d 1060 (1958), emphasized the further re......
  • Coppedge v. United States, No. 157
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • April 30, 1962
    ...to give him full opportunity to show that the appeal is in 'good faith.' Johnson v. United States, supra; Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529. In the course of such proceedings, however, experience has shown that there may be a tendency to lose sight of the ......
  • Trilling v. United States, No. 13069
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • April 17, 1958
    ...to the effect that due process forbids discrimination against accused persons by reason of poverty. See Farley v. United States, 1957, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529; Johnson v. United States, 1957, 352 U.S. 565, 77 S.Ct. 550, 1 L.Ed.2d 593; Griffin v. People of State of Illino......
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  • People v. Brown, Cr. 6655
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (California)
    • December 22, 1960
    ...550, 1 L.Ed.2d 593; see also Eskridge v. Washington Prison Board, 357 U.S. 214, 78 S.Ct. 1061, 2 L.Ed.2d 1269; Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 522-523, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529; see also People v. Kalan, 2 N.Y.2d 278, 159 N.Y.S.2d 480, 140 N.E.2d 357, 358; State ex rel. White v.......
  • Tate v. United States, No. 19177
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • March 28, 1966
    ...§ 1915 requires only that a non-frivolous ground of appeal be shown to exist, as appears from Johnson, supra, and Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529 (1957). Ellis v. United States, 356 U.S. 674, 78 S.Ct. 974, 2 L.Ed.2d 1060 (1958), emphasized the further re......
  • Coppedge v. United States, No. 157
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • April 30, 1962
    ...to give him full opportunity to show that the appeal is in 'good faith.' Johnson v. United States, supra; Farley v. United States, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529. In the course of such proceedings, however, experience has shown that there may be a tendency to lose sight of the ......
  • Trilling v. United States, No. 13069
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (District of Columbia)
    • April 17, 1958
    ...to the effect that due process forbids discrimination against accused persons by reason of poverty. See Farley v. United States, 1957, 354 U.S. 521, 77 S.Ct. 1371, 1 L.Ed.2d 1529; Johnson v. United States, 1957, 352 U.S. 565, 77 S.Ct. 550, 1 L.Ed.2d 593; Griffin v. People of State of Illino......
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