Randolph v. State, 011521 NVSC, 79362

Docket Nº:79362
Party Name:ROGER RANDOLPH, Appellant, v. THE STATE OF NEVADA, Respondent.
Judge Panel:Parraguirre, Stiglich, Silver, Judges Hon. Kathleen E. Delaney, District Judge
Case Date:January 15, 2021
Court:Supreme Court of Nevada




No. 79362

Supreme Court of Nevada

January 15, 2021



This is an appeal from a district court order denying a postconviction petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County; Kathleen E. Delaney, Judge. Appellant Roger Randolph argues that the district court erred in denying his petition as procedurally barred. We affirm.

Randolph filed the petition four years after remittitur issued on his direct appeal. Randolph v. Slate, Docket No. 60993 (Order of Affirmance, January 30, 2015). Thus, his petition was untimely filed. See NRS 34.726(1). The petition was also successive because he had previously litigated a postconviction petition for a writ of habeas corpus and a direct appeal in which he asserted a similar claim for relief. See NRS 34.810(1)(b)(2); NRS 34.810(2); Randolph v. State, Docket No. 71238-COA (Order of Affirmance, June 14, 2017); Randolph, Docket No. 60993, Order of Affirmance at 11. Randolph's petition was procedurally barred absent a demonstration of good cause and actual prejudice. See NRS 34.726(1); NRS 34.810(3). Good cause may be demonstrated by a showing that the factual or legal basis for a claim was not reasonably available to be raised in a timely petition. Hathaway v. State, 119 Nev. 248, 252, 71 P.3d 503, 506 (2003).

Randolph argues that the Supreme Court's recent decision in McCoy v. Louisiana, 138 S.Ct. 1500 (2018), provides good cause. He is mistaken, as McCoy is distinguishable. McCoy holds that an attorney may not concede a defendant's guilt where the defendant expressly objects or insists on maintaining his or her innocence. 138 S.Ct. at 1509. McCoy differentiated a defendant who opposed counsel's concession from a defendant who "'was generally unresponsive' during discussions of trial strategy, and 'never verbally approved or protested'" the concession. Id. (quoting Florida v. Nixon, 543 U.S. 175, 181 (2004)). Although McCoy noted that the decision to concede was similar in nature to other decisions reserved to a defendant, like "whether to plead guilty, waive the right to a jury trial, testify in one's own behalf, and forgo an appeal," id. at 1508, McCoy does not require consent or a canvass. It only requires that counsel not pursue a concession strategy over a defendant's objection. Id. at 1509-10; see...

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