Young v. Ragen, No. 50

CourtUnited States Supreme Court
Writing for the CourtVINSON
Citation69 S.Ct. 1073,93 L.Ed. 1333,337 U.S. 235
Decision Date06 June 1949
Docket NumberNo. 50
PartiesYOUNG v. RAGEN. *

337 U.S. 235
69 S.Ct. 1073
93 L.Ed. 1333
YOUNG

v.

RAGEN.*

No. 50.
Argued Nov. 17, 1948.
Decided June 6, 1949.

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Mr. Edward H. Levi, Chicago, Ill., for petitioner.

Mr. William C. Wines, Chicago, Ill., for respondent.

Mr. Chief Justice VINSON delivered the opinion of the Court.

We are once again faced with the recurring problem of determining what, if any, is the appropriate post-trial procedure in Illinois by which claims of infringement of federal rights may be raised. See Woods v. Nierstheimer,

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U.S. 211, 66 S.Ct. 996, 90 L.Ed. 1177; Marino v. Ragen, 332 U.S. 561, 68 S.Ct. 240, 92 L.Ed. 170; Loftus v. People of State of Illinois, 334 U.S. 804, 68 S.Ct. 1212, 92 L.Ed. 1737. In 1946, petitioner pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with having committed burglary and larceny and was sentenced to five to seven years imprisonment. A year later he filed a petition for a writ or habeas corpus in the Circuit Court of Randolph County, Illinois, the sentencing court, containing allegations which, if true, raise substantial questions under the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Attorney General of Illinois concedes that petitioner is entitled to a hearing into the truth or falsity of the charges. The court to which the petit on for a writ of habeas corpus was directed denied the petition without holding a hearing, however, for the reason that it 'is insufficient in law and substance.' We granted the petition for a writ of certiorari, 334 U.S. 810, 68 S.Ct. 1013, 92 L.Ed. 1742, to consider the question thus presented.

The Attorney General explains the circuit court's denial of the petition for the writ as based upon state procedural grounds: that habeas corpus was not an appropriate remedy for the relief of denials of due process. He contends, however, that while the circuit court was correct in its interpretation of Illinois law when it denied the petition, certain statements in the Illinois Supreme Court's opinions in People v. Loftus, 400 Ill. 432, 81 N.E.2d 495; People v. Shoffner, 400 Ill. 174, 79 N.E.2d 200; and People v. Wilson, 399 Ill. 437, 78 N.E.2d 514, all of which were handed down subsequent to the circuit court's denial of relief, strongly indicate that habeas corpus would now be the appropriate Illinois procedure in a case such as the one before us. His contention is, in other words, that while the petition for habeas corpus was properly denied when acted upon below, the decisions just cited probably broaden the scope of habeas corpus in Illinois, so that a denial of a hearing would be erroneous if the petition were again presented to the circuit court.

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The situation is further complicated, however, by the fact that many circuit courts, whose decision upon habeas corpus are unreviewable by the state supreme court under Illinois law, have continued to deny petitions for habeas corpus on procedural grounds since the supreme court's 'announcement' in People v. Loftus, supra. The Attorney General's position concerning these denials, as we understand it, is that these decisions may be wrong, depending upon...

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  • Richardson v. Miller, No. 88-1136-CV-W-9-JWO-P.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. Western District of Missouri
    • June 30, 1989
    ...in his concurring opinion in Case v. Nebraska that: It should be pointed out ... that as early as 1949 this Court in Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333, articulated the principle that the States must afford prisoners some clearly defined method by which they may raise......
  • State ex rel. McManamon v. Blackford Circuit Court, No. 28717
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • December 7, 1950
    ...217, 66 S.Ct. 996, 999, 90 L.Ed. 1177; Johnson v. Zerbst, 1938, 304 U.S. 458, 468, 58 S.Ct. 1019, 82 L.Ed. 1461; Young v. Ragen, 1949, 337 U.S. 235, 240, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 1074, 93 L.Ed. 1333; Carter v. Illinois, 1946, 329 U.S. 173, 175, 67 S.Ct. 216, 218, 91 L.Ed. Of the above cases, we are c......
  • White v. State, No. 2-1083A363
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • September 10, 1986
    ...matters not; the only evidence in the post-conviction record is the transcript of the original plea and sentencing. 3 Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333 4 The Indiana Constitution does contain a provision declaring that "every person, for injury done to him in h......
  • Schuler v. State, No. 87-135
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • April 5, 1989
    ...was originally enacted to protect. See Case v. State of Neb., 381 U.S. 336, 85 S.Ct. 1486, 14 L.Ed.2d 422 (1965) and Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333 (1949). I will steadfastly continue to dissent until substantive disposition of substantive issues is again returne......
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  • Richardson v. Miller, No. 88-1136-CV-W-9-JWO-P.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 8th Circuit. Western District of Missouri
    • June 30, 1989
    ...in his concurring opinion in Case v. Nebraska that: It should be pointed out ... that as early as 1949 this Court in Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333, articulated the principle that the States must afford prisoners some clearly defined method by which they may raise......
  • State ex rel. McManamon v. Blackford Circuit Court, No. 28717
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • December 7, 1950
    ...217, 66 S.Ct. 996, 999, 90 L.Ed. 1177; Johnson v. Zerbst, 1938, 304 U.S. 458, 468, 58 S.Ct. 1019, 82 L.Ed. 1461; Young v. Ragen, 1949, 337 U.S. 235, 240, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 1074, 93 L.Ed. 1333; Carter v. Illinois, 1946, 329 U.S. 173, 175, 67 S.Ct. 216, 218, 91 L.Ed. Of the above cases, we are c......
  • White v. State, No. 2-1083A363
    • United States
    • Indiana Supreme Court of Indiana
    • September 10, 1986
    ...matters not; the only evidence in the post-conviction record is the transcript of the original plea and sentencing. 3 Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333 4 The Indiana Constitution does contain a provision declaring that "every person, for injury done to him in h......
  • Schuler v. State, No. 87-135
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Wyoming
    • April 5, 1989
    ...was originally enacted to protect. See Case v. State of Neb., 381 U.S. 336, 85 S.Ct. 1486, 14 L.Ed.2d 422 (1965) and Young v. Ragen, 337 U.S. 235, 69 S.Ct. 1073, 93 L.Ed. 1333 (1949). I will steadfastly continue to dissent until substantive disposition of substantive issues is again returne......
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