Morgan v. State, No. 3-579A139

Docket NºNo. 3-579A139
Citation397 N.E.2d 299
Case DateDecember 06, 1979
CourtCourt of Appeals of Indiana

Page 299

397 N.E.2d 299
Tony Curtis MORGAN, Defendant-Appellant,
v.
STATE of Indiana, Plaintiff-Appellee.
No. 3-579A139.
Court of Appeals of Indiana, Third District.
Dec. 6, 1979.

Page 300

Charles F. Leonard, Fort Wayne, for defendant-appellant.

Theo. L. Sendak, Atty. Gen., Michael Gene Worden, Deputy Atty. Gen., Indianapolis, for plaintiff-appellee.

GARRARD, Presiding Judge.

Appellant Tony Curtis Morgan appeals from his conviction of theft for which he was sentenced for a determinate period of four years imprisonment. Morgan contends that the trial court's denial of defense counsel's motion to withdraw deprived him of his right to counsel of his choice.

The record reveals that Morgan was charged by information on September 28, 1978. On October 4, he was granted a continuance in order to retain private counsel. On October 11, Steve Miller entered his appearance in the case. On October 25, the trial was set for December 19. Six days before the trial, Miller filed a motion to withdraw at Morgan's request. The trial court denied the motion on the grounds that the trial date was less than one week away and Morgan had no other counsel.

We hold that the trial court's denial of the motion for withdrawal did not deprive Morgan of any constitutional right. While it cannot be disputed that the constitution grants an accused in a criminal prosecution an absolute unqualified right to have assistance of counsel for his defense, it does not necessarily follow that his right to a particular counsel is absolute and unqualified. State ex rel. Shorter v. Allen Superior Court (1973), 155 Ind.App. 269, 292 N.E.2d 286, Cert. denied 414 U.S. 1074, 94 S.Ct. 589, 38 L.Ed.2d 480; U. S. ex rel. Baskerville v. Deegan (2d Cir. 1970), 428 F.2d 714, Cert. denied 400 U.S. 928, 91 S.Ct. 193, 27 L.Ed.2d 188. While an accused should have an opportunity to secure counsel of his choice when he is financially able to do so, it is nonetheless imperative that he exercise this right of selection at the appropriate stage of the proceeding. McCraney v. State (1979), Ind.App., 388 N.E.2d 283; Atkins v. State (1977), Ind.App., 370 N.E.2d 985. The freedom of choice of counsel may not be manipulated to subvert the orderly procedure of the courts or to interfere with the fair administration of justice. U. S. v. Terry (5th Cir. 1971), 449 F.2d 727. A trial court, in the exercise of its discretion, may refuse to allow an accused to replace counsel during or immediately before trial...

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  • Parr v. State, No. 1083S363
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 9, 1987
    ...of his choosing, and cites as supporting authority Houze v. State (1982), Ind., 441 N.E.2d 1369, and Morgan v. State (1979), Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299. He is mistaken. Our decision in Houze, while recognizing a defendant's absolute right to be represented by counsel, holds that a defendant i......
  • Hudson v. State, No. 4-683A193
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • April 26, 1984
    ...has no cause to complain of the court's action in allowing his attorney to represent him at trial. See Morgan v. State, (1979) Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299; Perry v. State, (1979) 181 Ind.App. 553, 393 N.E.2d 204. Expert Witness The fifth of Hudson's issues is the contention that the police che......
  • State v. Stinson
    • United States
    • Supreme Judicial Court of Maine (US)
    • January 8, 1981
    ...whether a continuance should be granted. See Johnson v. State, 44 Md.App. 515, 411 A.2d 118 (1980); Morgan v. State, Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299 (1979); United States v. Price, 9th Cir., 474 F.2d 1223 In addition, Stinson claims that his personal communication to the trial Justice that he felt......
  • Lewis v. State, No. 49S00-9904-CR-241.
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • June 28, 2000
    ...must be exercised "at the appropriate stage of the proceeding." Parr v. State, 504 N.E.2d 1014, 1016 (Ind.1987) (quoting Morgan v. State, 397 N.E.2d 299, 300 (Ind.Ct.App.1979)); Collins v. State, 274 Ind. 619, 623, 413 N.E.2d 264, 267 (1980) (quoting Atkins v. State, 175 Ind. App. 230, 235,......
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  • Parr v. State, No. 1083S363
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • March 9, 1987
    ...of his choosing, and cites as supporting authority Houze v. State (1982), Ind., 441 N.E.2d 1369, and Morgan v. State (1979), Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299. He is mistaken. Our decision in Houze, while recognizing a defendant's absolute right to be represented by counsel, holds that a defendant i......
  • Hudson v. State, No. 4-683A193
    • United States
    • Indiana Court of Appeals of Indiana
    • April 26, 1984
    ...has no cause to complain of the court's action in allowing his attorney to represent him at trial. See Morgan v. State, (1979) Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299; Perry v. State, (1979) 181 Ind.App. 553, 393 N.E.2d 204. Expert Witness The fifth of Hudson's issues is the contention that the police che......
  • State v. Stinson
    • United States
    • Supreme Judicial Court of Maine (US)
    • January 8, 1981
    ...whether a continuance should be granted. See Johnson v. State, 44 Md.App. 515, 411 A.2d 118 (1980); Morgan v. State, Ind.App., 397 N.E.2d 299 (1979); United States v. Price, 9th Cir., 474 F.2d 1223 In addition, Stinson claims that his personal communication to the trial Justice that he felt......
  • Lewis v. State, No. 49S00-9904-CR-241.
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • June 28, 2000
    ...must be exercised "at the appropriate stage of the proceeding." Parr v. State, 504 N.E.2d 1014, 1016 (Ind.1987) (quoting Morgan v. State, 397 N.E.2d 299, 300 (Ind.Ct.App.1979)); Collins v. State, 274 Ind. 619, 623, 413 N.E.2d 264, 267 (1980) (quoting Atkins v. State, 175 Ind. App. 230, 235,......
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