Moore v. State, 1 Div. 136

Decision Date11 March 1986
Docket Number1 Div. 136
Citation502 So.2d 818
PartiesJames B. MOORE v. STATE.
CourtAlabama Court of Criminal Appeals

James B. Moore, pro se.

Charles A. Graddick, Atty. Gen., and Robert B. Rinehart, Asst. Atty. Gen., for State.

TYSON, Judge.

James B. Moore appeals from the denial by the circuit court of his petition for writ of error coram nobis without conducting an evidentiary hearing thereon.

James B. Moore was originally charged, tried and convicted of sex abuse and sentenced to six years' imprisonment. He avers in his coram nobis petition that he entered a plea of guilty but that his trial counsel had ineffectively represented him, that counsel made no effort to investigate the case and that he was wrongfully charged as a matter of law. The trial court denied this petition as being defective as a matter of law.

Subsequent to the denial of this petition by the circuit court, the Supreme Court of Alabama entered its opinion in Boatwright v. State, 471 So.2d 1257 (Ala.1985) requiring a hearing on petitions such as the petition in the case at bar wherein allegations as to the ineffective representation of counsel are made. See Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984).

More recently, the Alabama Supreme Court entered its order and opinion in Poole v. State, 485 So.2d 1087 requiring a hearing on such petitions, even though a plea of guilty was entered therein. See also Hill v. Lockhart, 470 U.S. 1049, 105 S.Ct. 1745, 84 L.Ed.2d 811 (1985).

Pursuant to the foregoing authorities, this cause is reversed and remanded for a hearing with counsel to be appointed to represent the appellant; and counsel shall be given an opportunity to investigate, challenge and assert such matters as may be necessary to an orderly hearing and determination of this petition.


TAYLOR and PATTERSON, JJ., concur.

BOWEN, P.J., dissents with opinion in which McMILLAN, J., joins.

BOWEN, Presiding Judge, dissenting.

I dissent. Here, as in Smith v. State, 488 So.2d 19 (Ala.Cr.App.1986), the petitioner has "failed to satisfy the 'prejudice' requirement of Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668 [104 S.Ct. 2052, 80 L.Ed.2d 674] (1984), for he did not allege in his petition that, had counsel been effective, he would have pleaded not guilty and insisted on going to trial."

"We hold, therefore, that the two-part Strickland v. Washington test applies to challenges to guilty pleas based on ineffective assistance of counsel. In the context of guilty pleas, the first half of the Strickland v. Washington test is nothing more than a restatement of the standard of attorney competence already set...

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  • Moore v. State
    • United States
    • Alabama Supreme Court
    • December 12, 1986
    ...Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court, which had dismissed the petition without an evidentiary hearing. Moore v. State, 502 So.2d 818 (Ala.Crim.App.1986). We reverse and Moore filed a petition for a writ of error coram nobis in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, seeking to set a......

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