Mitchell v. Hopper, 32535

CourtSupreme Court of Georgia
Citation239 Ga. 781,239 S.E.2d 2
Docket NumberNo. 32535,32535
PartiesWilliam "Billy" MITCHELL v. Joe S. HOPPER, Warden.
Decision Date07 September 1977

Hill, Jones & Farrington, Bobby L. Hill, Savannah, Jack Greenberg, David E. Kendall, James M. Nabrit, III, Lynn J. Walker, Joel Berger, New York City, Anthony G. Amsterdam, Stanford, Cal., for appellant.

Thomas H. Pittman, Dist. Atty., Tifton, Arthur K. Bolton, Atty. Gen., Atlanta, for appellee.

NICHOLS, Chief Justice.

This is an appeal from an order of the trial court denying Mitchell habeas corpus relief. Mitchell was indicted on October 28, 1974 for the August 11, 1974 murder of 14-year old Christopher Carr. His sentence of death was affirmed by this court in Mitchell v. State, 234 Ga. 160, 214 S.E.2d 900 (1975). We affirm the trial court's denial of habeas corpus relief.

1. Petitioner argues that the trial court erred in denying habeas corpus relief by finding petitioner to have received effective assistance of counsel. We agree with the trial court that petitioner was adequately represented by able and experienced counsel. See Barksdale v. Ricketts, 233 Ga. 60, 61, 209 S.E.2d 631 (1961).

2. Petitioner argues that the trial court erred in not finding that the death penalty violated the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions. This argument was treated in petitioner's original appeal and will not be addressed here.

3. Petitioner argues that the trial court erred in not finding that the indictment failed to put him on notice of the aggravating circumstances upon which the sentencing court would rely, to wit: aggravated assault and armed robbery. The trial court correctly found that pretermitting the question of whether such notice is required, the petitioner had actual notice that the aggravating circumstances would be the assault and armed robbery.

4. Petitioner enumerates as error the trial court's finding with regard to grand jury composition. The trial court correctly found that not only was this issue waived when not attacked until the habeas petition was filed (Ga.Code Ann. § 50-127(1)), but petitioner has made no showing of prejudice sufficient to reverse the conviction. Francis v. Henderson, 425 U.S. 536, 96 S.Ct. 1708, 48 L.Ed.2d 149 (1976).

5. The petitioner argues that the trial court erred in not finding that the death sentence given petitioner was being exacted according to a practice and pattern which discriminates on the basis of race, sex and poverty. We see no merit in this argument, as the...

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  • Spencer v. Kemp
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (11th Circuit)
    • January 23, 1986
    ...... That decision was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court. Spencer v. Hopper, 243 Ga. 532, 255 S.E.2d 1 (1979), cert. denied, 444 U.S. 885, 100 S.Ct. 178, 62 L.Ed.2d 116 ... Mitchell v. Hopper, 538 F.Supp. 77 (S.D.Ga.1982). On appeal, a panel of this court remanded two of ......
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    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. United States District Court (Southern District of Georgia)
    • April 1, 1982
  • Goodwin v. Hopper
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • February 27, 1979
    ...... Mitchell v. Hopper, 239 Ga. 781(3), 239 S.E.2d 2 (1977).         These enumerations of error are without merit.         5. The sixth ......
  • Stewart v. Ricketts
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 11th Circuit. Middle District of Georgia
    • June 8, 1978
    ......See Dennis v. Hopper, 548 F.2d 589 (5th Cir. 1977). It is therefore obvious that if Stewart had appealed his case and ...Compare Mitchell v. State, 229 Ga. 781, 194 S.E.2d 414 (1972) with Ferguson v. Caldwell, 233 Ga. 887, 213 S.E.2d 855 ......
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