United States v. Sehon Chinn, 7399.

Decision Date20 June 1947
Docket NumberNo. 7399.,7399.
Citation74 F. Supp. 189
CourtU.S. District Court — Southern District of West Virginia

L. E. Given, U. S. Atty., of Charleston, W. Va., and Milton J. Ferguson, Asst. U. S. Atty., of Huntington, W. Va., for Government.

Leo J. Meisel, of Huntington, W. Va., for Sehon Chinn.

WATKINS, District Judge.

In May of 1944, Sehon Chinn was convicted upon five indictments charging violation of Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C.A.Appendix, § 301 et seq., theft of mail, robbing a post office inspector, and attempt to escape. He was represented by counsel and pleaded guilty to all charges. On May 18, 1944 he was sentenced to serve a total of 16 years on all charges. He is presently at Alcatraz.

While at Alcatraz he has made various pleas to this court for reduction of sentence. After such requests were denied, he filed a motion to vacate sentence upon Indictment No. 7398 charging theft of mail. Such motion was denied by this court. Sehon Chinn v. United States, D.C., 5 F.R.D. 226. Thereafter an appeal was prosecuted and this court was affirmed. Sehon Chinn v. United States, 4 Cir., 157 F.2d 1013.

Chinn has now filed the following motions relating to Indictment No. 7399 (robbing post office inspector): (1) Motion for leave to file motion for relief from judgment; (2) motion for relief from judgment; (3) motion for leave to withdraw plea of guilty, and (4) motion for issuance of writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum, to bring him from Alcatraz, Cal., to Huntington, W. Va., to testify in person upon such motions. He requested that counsel be appointed for him and such request was granted. In addition thereto, the defendant, or his counsel, have been furnished with copies of all papers filed, or evidence taken upon the motions. Hearing upon the motions has been continued from time to time until this date to give petitioner an opportunity to produce in affidavit form his own evidence or that of any other witness. Petitioner has availed himself of this privilege by filing his evidence and that of his wife in the form of affidavits. On May 26, 1947, the petition for the writ directing that petitioner be brought across the continent to testify in person was denied. His evidence and that of his wife has been received in affidavit form and considered upon these motions. His presence in Huntington, W. Va., could avail him nothing.

The motion for leave to file the motion for relief from judgment was granted, whereupon the United States filed its answer thereto. The grounds of such motion are as follows:

First, petitioner says that he "did not commit the offense or offenses in Count Two of the Indictment, to which he heretofore interposed the plea of guilty"; and was given a 5-year sentence; that the statute, 18 U.S.C.A. § 320, under which such count was predicated, only prohibits the robbery of mail matter and does not prohibit the robbery of other property belonging to the United States. There is no merit in this point. Prior to 1935, the statute in question related...

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    ...testimony in this Court, testimony which I frankly find incredible in the light of his earlier testimony. See, United States v. Sehon Chinn (D.C. W.Va.1947) 74 F.Supp. 189, 191, aff. 163 F.2d The petitioner was represented at his sentencing by retained counsel. The ability and integrity of ......
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    • United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals — Fifth Circuit
    • April 3, 1957
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    • September 10, 2015
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    • U.S. District Court — District of South Carolina
    • September 6, 1969
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