White v. State, A03A0406.

CourtUnited States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
Citation261 Ga. App. 866,584 S.E.2d 5
Docket NumberNo. A03A0406.,A03A0406.
PartiesWHITE v. The STATE.
Decision Date15 May 2003

584 S.E.2d 5
261 Ga.
App. 866


No. A03A0406.

Court of Appeals of Georgia.

May 15, 2003.

Reconsideration Denied June 23, 2003.

Certiorari Granted October 20, 2003.

584 S.E.2d 6
Michael White, pro se

Paul L. Howard, Jr., Dist. Atty., Amira A. Arshad, Asst. Dist. Atty., for appellee.

James C. Bonner, Jr., Marcus C. Chamblee, amici curiae.

SMITH, Chief Judge.

Michael White was indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault in April 1994. A jury found him guilty of the lesser included offense of voluntary manslaughter on each of the murder charges and guilty of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 20 years to serve on each count, to run concurrently. He filed a motion for new trial on May 1, 1995. No ruling was made on the motion for new trial, and on August 29, 2002, White filed a pro se motion for an out-of-time appeal, which was denied on September 3, 2002. The motion for new trial was later denied, on October 11, 2002. White brings this pro se appeal, contending that the trial court erred in denying his motion for an out-of-time appeal. We do not agree and affirm the trial court's ruling.

White complains that following his conviction, trial counsel wrote to him requesting that he execute an affidavit of poverty, which would entitle him to a free transcript and an appeal without costs once executed. White claims that he told his trial counsel "personally" that he wanted to appeal and that he executed the affidavit properly, promptly returned it, and believed his appeal was proceeding. He alleges that he did not find out until July 2002 that no appeal had been taken. He claims that the denial of his motion for an out-of-time appeal was error because every defendant is entitled to an appeal as of right, and he was denied such an appeal solely because of his counsel's deficiency in failing to prosecute it, in violation of the holdings in Webb v. State, 254 Ga. 130, 327 S.E.2d 224 (1985), and McAuliffe v. Rutledge, 231 Ga. 745, 204 S.E.2d 141 (1974).

An "out-of-time appeal is the remedy for a frustrated right of [261 Ga. App. 867] appeal." (Citation omitted.) Rowland v. State, 264 Ga. 872, 875, 452 S.E.2d 756 (1995). An out-of-time appeal is appropriate when

the deficiency involves not the trial but the denial of the right of appeal. It serves as a remedy for a habeas corpus petitioner who suffered a constitutional deprivation as well as the criminal defendant who has shown "good and sufficient

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  • White v. State, S03G1535.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • 8 Marzo 2004
    ...but that he failed to show the issues he would raise on appeal could be resolved by reference to facts in the record. White v. State, 261 Ga.App. 866, 867, 584 S.E.2d 5 (2003). This Court issued a writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals and posed this question: [277 Ga. 648] Must a crimi......
  • Sutton v. State, A03A1472.
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • 20 Junio 2003
    ...to demonstrate that his constitutional right to testify was abridged, appellant cannot show he was denied effective assistance of [261 Ga. App. 866] counsel. Accordingly, this enumeration presents no basis for reversal. (Citations omitted.) Id. 3. Sutton's remaining enumeration of error has......
  • White v. State, No. A03A0406.
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • 22 Septiembre 2004
    ...District Attorney, for appellee. James C. Bonner, Jr., Atlanta, Marcus C. Chamblee, amici curiae. SMITH, Chief Judge. In White v. State, 261 Ga.App. 866, 584 S.E.2d 5 (2003), we affirmed the trial court's judgment denying White's motion for an out-of-time appeal on the ground of ineffective......

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