Goode v. Wainwright, No. 82-5244

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
Writing for the CourtBefore GODBOLD, Chief Judge, JOHNSON and ANDERSON; GODBOLD
Citation670 F.2d 941
PartiesArthur F. GOODE, III, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Louie L. WAINWRIGHT, Secretary, Florida Department of Offender Rehabilitation, and C. S. Strickland, Superintendent, Florida State Prison at Starke, Florida, Respondents-Appellees.
Docket NumberNo. 82-5244
Decision Date28 February 1982

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670 F.2d 941
Arthur F. GOODE, III, Petitioner-Appellant,
v.
Louie L. WAINWRIGHT, Secretary, Florida Department of
Offender Rehabilitation, and C. S. Strickland,
Superintendent, Florida State Prison at
Starke, Florida, Respondents-Appellees.
No. 82-5244.
United States Court of Appeals,
Eleventh Circuit.
Feb. 28, 1982.

Wilbur C. Smith, III, Fort Meyers, Fla., for petitioner-appellant.

Charles Corces, Jr., Asst. Atty. Gen., Tampa, Fla., for respondents-appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Before GODBOLD, Chief Judge, JOHNSON and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.

GODBOLD, Chief Judge:

Petitioner is under sentence of death in Florida for first degree murder and is scheduled to be executed March 2, 1982, pursuant to a death warrant signed by the Governor of Florida on February 5, 1982.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a writ of habeas corpus February 25, 1982, granted a certificate of probable cause for appeal, and denied a stay of execution. Petitioner appealed to this court the same day and moved for a stay of execution.

Under the laws of our country petitioner is given the right to seek review in the federal courts of claims based upon our national Constitution and arising from his state court conviction. If he is denied relief in the federal district court the law gives him the right to appeal.

There are sharply differing views over whether our law ought to provide that one convicted of crime in state court may obtain a second "collateral" review in federal courts of constitutional issues arising from his conviction. But the law of our country does provide for it, and federal court judges take an oath to carry out that law.

The petitioner has not abused the processes that our law makes available to him in the federal courts. His claims could not be presented in federal court until they had been presented to and denied by the courts of Florida; some were finally denied in state court litigation as late as November 1981, 1 while others were denied as late as February 23, 1982. Petitioner filed his federal petition for habeas corpus in the Middle

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District of Florida on February 16, eleven days after the death warrant was signed. The district court conducted a non-evidentiary hearing February 23, and on February 25 issued a 25-page opinion denying the writ, granting a certificate that there was probable cause for appeal, and denying a stay of execution. 2

The same day, February 25, petitioner appealed to this court. Appeal papers reached the members of the panel February 26.

The appeal to this court is not frivolous. Several of the issues raised are substantial. One of the issues is a serious and difficult one, namely, whether the Supreme Court of Florida, in reviewing petitioner's appeal from conviction, violated due process under the United States...

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  • Goode v. Wainwright, No. 82-5244
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Eleventh Circuit
    • May 2, 1983
    ...denied a motion for a stay of execution pending appeal. This court granted Goode's motion for a stay of execution. Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941, 942 (11th Cir.1982). After delaying decision in this case pending the decision in our en banc case, Ford v. Strickland, 696 F.2d 804 (11th Ci......
  • Barefoot v. Estelle, No. 82-6080
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • July 6, 1983
    ...denied, 406 U.S. 925, 92 S.Ct. 1796, 32 L.Ed.2d 126 (1972). See also Ramsey v. Hand, 309 F.2d 947, 948 (CA10 1962); Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (CA11 1982).4 In a capital case, the nature of the penalty is a proper consideration in determining whether to issue a certificate of probabl......
  • Songer v. Wainwright, No. 82-230-Civ-Oc-M.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida
    • July 14, 1983
    ...pursuant to the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ("Eleventh Circuit") in Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (11th Cir.1982) (error for district court to deny a stay of execution when a constitutional issue raised by petitioner is being considered by a fe......
  • Hall v. Wainwright, No. 82-195-Civ-Oc.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida
    • May 18, 1983
    ...v. Strickland was sufficient to require the Court to grant the stay of execution pending the outcome in that case. Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (11th Cir.1982). Accordingly, Judge Scott entered a stay of execution on October 5, The instant petition was then transferred pursuant to Midd......
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  • Goode v. Wainwright, No. 82-5244
    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Eleventh Circuit
    • May 2, 1983
    ...denied a motion for a stay of execution pending appeal. This court granted Goode's motion for a stay of execution. Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941, 942 (11th Cir.1982). After delaying decision in this case pending the decision in our en banc case, Ford v. Strickland, 696 F.2d 804 (11th Ci......
  • Barefoot v. Estelle, No. 82-6080
    • United States
    • United States Supreme Court
    • July 6, 1983
    ...denied, 406 U.S. 925, 92 S.Ct. 1796, 32 L.Ed.2d 126 (1972). See also Ramsey v. Hand, 309 F.2d 947, 948 (CA10 1962); Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (CA11 1982).4 In a capital case, the nature of the penalty is a proper consideration in determining whether to issue a certificate of probabl......
  • Songer v. Wainwright, No. 82-230-Civ-Oc-M.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida
    • July 14, 1983
    ...pursuant to the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ("Eleventh Circuit") in Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (11th Cir.1982) (error for district court to deny a stay of execution when a constitutional issue raised by petitioner is being considered by a fe......
  • Hall v. Wainwright, No. 82-195-Civ-Oc.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida
    • May 18, 1983
    ...v. Strickland was sufficient to require the Court to grant the stay of execution pending the outcome in that case. Goode v. Wainwright, 670 F.2d 941 (11th Cir.1982). Accordingly, Judge Scott entered a stay of execution on October 5, The instant petition was then transferred pursuant to Midd......
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