436 F2d 1081 Henderson v. G Blackwell U S
436 F.2d 1081
Earnie Lee HENDERSON, Petitioner-Appellant,
Olin G. BLACKWELL, Warden, U. S. Penitentiary, Respondent-Appellee.
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
January 5, 1971.
Earnie L. Henderson pro se.
Jackson R. Smith, U.S. Atty., Savannah, Ga., for respondent appellee.
Before THORNBERRY, MORGAN and CLARK, Circuit Judges.
This is an appeal from the district court's denial of the appellant's motion to vacate judgments and sentences, 28 U.S.C. § 2255. We affirm.1
The appellant challenges his convictions for ten separate violations of the Internal Revenue liquor laws on two grounds: (1) that the statutes under which he was convicted are violative of his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination; and (2) that his sentence is in excess of the statutory maximum.
The first contention raised by the appellant is without merit. We have consistently rejected the argument that the registration and taxation statutes governing distilleries and distilled spirits amount to unconstitutional self-incrimination since the alcohol tax laws are essentially non-criminal revenue measures. United States v. Johnson, 5th Cir. 1969, 417 F.2d 332; Thornburg v. United States, 5th Cir. 1969, 406 F.2d 1060; Brown v. United States, 5th Cir. 1968, 401 F.2d 769, certiorari denied 1969, 394 U.S. 962, 89 S.Ct. 1314, 22 L.Ed. 2d 564.
Appellant's allegation that he was sentenced to a term beyond the legal maximum is equally untenable. An independent examination of the appellant's criminal record, which includes his judgment and commitment papers, disclose beyond a doubt that none of the sentences imposed upon the appellant exceeded the statutory maximum.