State v. Blakley, 81-192

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Citation410 So.2d 559
Docket NumberNo. 81-192,81-192
PartiesSTATE of Florida, Appellant, v. Freddy Duane BLAKLEY, Appellee.
Decision Date10 February 1982

Page 559

410 So.2d 559
STATE of Florida, Appellant,
Freddy Duane BLAKLEY, Appellee.
No. 81-192.
District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District.
Feb. 10, 1982.
Rehearing Denied March 17, 1982.

Page 560

Michael J. Satz, State Atty., and Paul H. Zacks, Asst. State Atty., Fort Lauderdale, for appellant.

Timothy J. Hmielewski, Fort Lauderdale, for appellee.

OWEN, WILLIAM C., Jr. (Retired), Associate Judge.

The state appeals an order discharging appellee for violation of his constitutional right to a speedy trial. We reverse.

Appellee was arrested in February of 1976 on a felony charge. After several defense continuances, appellee was brought to trial before a jury in July of 1977. On the eve of trial, appellee attempted to discharge his privately retained counsel on the ground that counsel was incompetent and unprepared. The trial court refused to grant a further continuance to permit substitution of counsel because the attorney whom he sought to have replaced was the third one to have represented appellee at that point. Appellee's conviction was upheld on appeal. 1 Appellee then moved to vacate the judgment under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850, and in November of 1979 an order was entered granting the motion to vacate on the basis of ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. Appellee then had pending in the federal court a petition for habeas corpus, which he dismissed after the state indicated it would not appeal from the state court order vacating the judgment. The state, however, did appeal, the order being affirmed by this court in October of 1980. 2 After this court's mandate went down, a jury trial was scheduled for January 13, 1981. On that date, appellee filed a motion for discharge alleging a violation of his constitutional right to speedy trial, which motion the trial court granted after hearing.

The essential basis upon which the trial court granted appellee's motion for discharge was the delay of approximately one year due to the state having unsuccessfully appealed from the trial court order of November, 1979, which had vacated the original judgment. The trial court felt that the appeal was frivolous and taken primarily as a dilatory tactic to permit the state to secure attendance at trial of one of its principal witnesses who was then out of the country.

At the time the state took its appeal from the court order of November of 1979 vacating the judgment, it was the law in this jurisdiction that a...

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  • State v. Nieman, 82-1808
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • 24 May 1983
    ...that speedy trial rights have been violated and that defendant had expressly waived his right to a speedy trial); State v. Blakley, 410 So.2d 559 (Fla. 4th DCA), review denied, 419 So.2d 1195 (Fla.1982) (reversing discharge for violation of constitutional right to speedy trial when state ap......
  • Blakley v. State
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • 26 July 1982
    ...1195 419 So.2d 1195 Blakley (Freddy Duane) v. State NO. 61,962 Supreme Court of Florida. July 26, 1982 Appeal From: 4th DCA, 410 So.2d 559 Disposition: Pet. for rev....

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