Pizzo, In re

Citation221 Cal.App.2d 597,34 Cal.Rptr. 576
Decision Date28 October 1963
Docket NumberCr. 1953
CourtCalifornia Court of Appeals
PartiesIn re Thomas Joseph PIZZO, On Habeas Corpus.

Thomas Joseph Pizzo, in pro. per., for petitioner.

Stanley Mosk, Atty. Gen., William E. James, Asst. Atty. Gen., and Gordon Ringer, Deputy Atty. Gen., for respondent.

COUGHLIN, Justice.

Petitioner, Thomas Joseph Pizzo, was convicted of a violation of § 11721 of the Health and Safety Code; was certified by the Municipal Court of Stockton Judicial District, in the County of San Joaquin, to the Superior Court of that county, as a probable narcotic drug addict; was the subject of a proceeding purportedly pursuant to § 6450 et seq. of the Penal Code, i. e., proceeding No. 15325 in the latter court; was found to be a narcotic drug addict within the meaning of said § 6450; was committed to the Director of Corrections for treatment as such; was placed at the Corona branch of the California Rehabilitation Center pursuant to such commitment; and petitions this court for a writ of habeas corpus to obtain his discharge therefrom upon the ground, among others, that the court failed to comply substantially with the provisions of § 5053 of the Welfare and Institutions Code as directed by § 6450 of the Penal Code.

The latter code section required the proceedings in question to have been conducted 'in substantial compliance' with § 5053 of the Welfare and Institutions Code which directs, among other things:

'The judge shall compel the attendance of at least two medical examiners, who shall hear the testimony of all witnesses, make a personal examination of the alleged mentally ill person, and testify before the judge as to the result of the examination, and to any other pertinent facts within their knowledge.'

In the instant case, the court appointed one medical examiner, who made a personal examination of petitioner; filed a certificate detailing the extent of his examination; and recommended the confinement of petitioner 'in an attempt to help him, to give him an opportunity for long time rehabilitation since the imminence of repeated heroin addition is of tremendous danger in this patient if he is left without prolonged and continuous close supervision'; but did not attend or testify at the hearing which culminated in petitioner's commitment. There were no witnesses in attendance at this hearing. The order of the court is based solely upon the foregoing certificate.

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  • Gonzales, In re
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals
    • November 9, 1966
    ...62 Cal.2d 307, 313, 42 Cal.Rptr. 220, 398 P.2d 412; In re Raner, 59 Cal.2d 635, 639, 30 Cal.Rptr. 814, 381 P.2d 638; In re Pizzo, 221 Cal.App.2d 597, 598, 34 Cal.Rptr. 576.) The requirements respecting notice of hearing fall within this category. (In re Jones, 61 Cal.2d 325, 328, 38 Cal.Rpt......
  • People v. Whelchel
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals
    • October 27, 1967
    ...shall testify requires a reversal. (People v. Victor, supra, 62 Cal.2d 280, 290, 42 Cal.Rptr. 199, 398 P.2d 391; In re Pizzo, 221 Cal.App.2d 597, 598, 34 Cal.Rptr. 576.) Welfare and Institutions Code § 5628 prescribes an arraignment of the person charged as a narcotic addict and provides: '......
  • People v. Davis
    • United States
    • California Court of Appeals
    • June 9, 1965
    ...30 Cal.Rptr. 814, 816, 381 P.2d 638, 640; see also In re Johnson, 59 Cal.2d 644, 645, 30 Cal.Rptr. 819, 381 P.2d 643; In re Pizzo, 221 Cal.App.2d 597, 34 Cal.Rptr. 576.) In Raner a writ of habeas corpus was granted and the petitioner ordered discharged from custody because of the following ......

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