Kelly v. State , No. 4D10–1618.

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation65 So.3d 1068
PartiesTheodore Carl KELLY, Petitioner,v.STATE of Florida, Respondent.
Docket NumberNo. 4D10–1618.
Decision Date22 December 2010

65 So.3d 1068

Theodore Carl KELLY, Petitioner,
v.
STATE of Florida, Respondent.

No. 4D10–1618.

District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District.

Dec. 22, 2010.


[65 So.3d 1068]

Theodore Carl Kelly, Avon Park, pro se.Bill McCollum, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Sue–Ellen Kenny, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for respondent.
On Motion for Rehearing
PER CURIAM.

We grant respondent's motion for rehearing, withdraw our previously issued opinion and substitute the following in its place.

We grant the petition for belated appeal. In his sworn petition, petitioner stated that he had asked his attorney to appeal his conviction and sentence and had been assured that his attorney was taking care of the appeal. He found out that no appeal had been filed only after his mother directly contacted the court after waiting for a decision for over two years. We ordered the state to respond, and the response indicated that it had contacted petitioner's trial counsel who had denied receiving any directions to appeal. Therefore, we ordered a hearing to be conducted pursuant to State v. Trowell, 739 So.2d 77 (Fla.1999).

At the hearing where petitioner, his mother, and his trial attorney all testified, the petitioner testified that he requested that his attorney file an appeal, and he followed that up with a letter. His attorney, however, testified that he had no recollection of being directed to file an appeal either orally or in writing. Because his law office had been closed due to his illness after he had represented petitioner at the plea hearing, the attorney no longer had any file to determine whether he had received any written instructions to appeal. Based upon findings consistent with this testimony, and “in the absence of any corroborating evidence that [petitioner] timely requested his trial attorney ... to file a timely appeal,” the commissioner recommended

[65 So.3d 1069]

that the belated appeal be dismissed.

In Trowell, the Florida Supreme Court established the procedural steps for an appellate court to follow in determining a petition for belated appeal:

[T]he appellate court should grant a petition seeking a belated appeal if the defendant alleges that a timely request of counsel to file the notice of appeal was made and that counsel failed to do so. If the State raises a good faith basis to dispute the defendant's claims through affidavit or specific contrary allegations, the appellate court may order an evidentiary hearing in the...

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  • Hastings v. State, 5D22-0076
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • 18 Marzo 2022
    ...1999), where counsel "had no independent recollection one way or the other." This case is likewise distinguishable from Kelly v. State, 65 So.3d 1068, 1068 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010), where counsel "had no recollection of being directed to file an appeal" but was also unable to provide any other i......
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  • Hastings v. State, 5D22-0076
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • 18 Marzo 2022
    ...1999), where counsel "had no independent recollection one way or the other." This case is likewise distinguishable from Kelly v. State, 65 So.3d 1068, 1068 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010), where counsel "had no recollection of being directed to file an appeal" but was also unable to provide any other i......

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