568 F2d 583 Martin v. W Wyrick

568 F.2d 583

Frederick J. X. MARTIN, Appellee,
Donald W. WYRICK, Appellant.

No. 77-1625.

United States Court of Appeals,
Eighth Circuit.

Submitted Nov. 14, 1977.
Decided Jan. 3, 1978.
Rehearing Denied Jan. 28, 1978.

Robert L. Presson, Asst. Atty. Gen., Jefferson City, Mo., for appellant; John D. Ashcroft, Atty. Gen., on brief.

Ronald Hall, Asst. Federal Public Defender, Kansas City, Mo., for appellee; David R. Freeman, Kansas City, Mo., on brief.

Frederick J. X. Martin pro se.

Before GIBSON, Chief Judge, and LAY and STEPHENSON, Circuit Judges.

LAY, Circuit Judge.

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In Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806, 95 S.Ct. 2525, 45 L.Ed.2d 562 (1975), decided June 30, 1975, the Supreme Court held that a defendant has a constitutional right of self-representation in the conduct of his or her own defense in a criminal case. The Court declared that a defendant could not be forced to accept court-appointed counsel if a knowing and voluntary waiver of counsel has been made. Frederick Martin here maintains that the district court's order granting him habeas corpus relief properly accorded Faretta a limited retroactive effect by applying the new constitutional interpretation to his case which was pending on direct appeal before the Missouri Court of Appeals at the time Faretta was decided. The respondent Warden appeals.


The petitioner was convicted for robbery in the Missouri state court. Both before and during his trial Martin had requested that his court-appointed counsel be dismissed and that, if the court would not appoint substitute counsel or allow him to hire his own counsel, he be allowed to represent himself. The state trial court, however, denied these requests. Seven days after the Faretta decision was announced, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed petitioner's conviction without discussion of the issue of self-representation which had been raised in petitioner's pro se brief. Martin thereafter attempted without success to have the Missouri Supreme Court review his conviction. He then sought habeas corpus relief in the federal district court for the Western District of Missouri. On May 27, 1977, the district court granted a writ of habeas corpus to petitioner requiring the Missouri courts to apply Faretta to his case, the effect of which was to grant petitioner a new trial in the state court.1 We reverse and hold that the district court erroneously granted the writ.


The applicability of a new constitutional interpretation2 to cases pending on direct review at the time the new rule was handed down was addressed by this court in Bosler v. Swenson, 363 F.2d 154 (8th Cir. 1966), aff'd per curiam without discussion of the retroactivity issue, 386 U.S. 258, 87 S.Ct. 996, 18 L.Ed.2d 33 (1967). In Bosler we held that the right to counsel on appeal declared in Douglas v. California, 372 U.S. 353, 83 S.Ct. 814, 9 L.Ed.2d 811 (1963), required Bosler be provided with counsel on his direct appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court since Bosler's appeal had been pending before that court at the time Douglas was decided. 363 F.2d at 158.


The district court felt bound under the rationale of Bosler to apply the Faretta rule to petitioner's case since Martin's appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals was pending at the time Faretta was decided. In Bosler we said:


An analysis of the Supreme Court opinions dealing with prospective or retroactive applicability of constitutional decisions points unmistakably to the proposition that the Douglas rule must be applied to cases pending on direct review at the time it was rendered.


In Linkletter v. Walker, the Court held that the exclusionary rule announced in Mapp v. Ohio does not apply to convictions which had become final before its rendition. However, as the Court observed in Linkletter, "that decision (Mapp ) has also been applied to cases still pending on direct review at the time it was rendered." . . .


As recent as June 20, 1966 the Supreme Court held in Johnson v. New Jersey that Escobedo v. State of Illinois and Miranda v. Arizona are not to be applied retroactively. More specifically, the Court held that Escobedo affects only those cases in which the trial began after June 22, 1964, the date of the Escobedo decision, and that Miranda applies only to those cases in which the trial began after it was decided on June 13, 1966. Of greater significance to the question before us is the Court's statement on page 732 of 384 U.S., on page 1780 of 86 S.Ct.: "Decisions prior to Linkletter and Tehan (Tehan v. United States ex rel. Shott, 382 U.S. 406, 86 S.Ct. 409, 15 L.Ed.2d 453 . . . ) had already established without discussion that Mapp and Griffin (Griffin v. State of California . . . ) applied to cases still on direct appeal at the time they were announced. . . . "

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From the foregoing we conclude that Douglas does apply and therefore controls this case. Bosler's direct appeal from the conviction had not been decided and was still pending when the Douglas decision was announced.


363 F.2d at 158 (citations omitted).


Although a reasonable interpretation of the Bosler decision is that retroactive effect must be given to all new constitutional interpretations involving criminal rights pending appeal at the time the new rule is announced, upon reconsideration we conclude the Supreme Court decisions on this issue require a different analysis.


In Linkletter v. Walker, 381 U.S. 618, 85 S.Ct. 1731, 14 L.Ed.2d 601 (1965), the Supreme Court held that the new rule pronounced in Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 81 S.Ct. 1684, 6 L.Ed.2d 1081 (1961), applying the Fourth Amendment rules pertaining to search and seizure to state trials, and overriding the 12 year old precedent established in Wolf v. Colorado, 338 U.S. 25, 69 S.Ct. 1359, 93 L.Ed. 1782 (1949), would not be made retroactive to cases which had reached final judgment.3 Thus, the Court broke with a long tradition which had held new constitutional decisions to be retroactive. In discussing the retroactive application of new constitutional rules involving criminal rights the Court explained:


While the cases discussed above deal with the invalidity of statutes or the effect of a decision overturning long-established common-law rules, there seems to be no impediment constitutional or philosophical to the use of the same rule in the constitutional area where the exigencies of the situation require such an application. It is true that heretofore, without discussion, we have applied new constitutional rules to cases finalized before the promulgation of the rule. Petitioner contends that our method of resolving those prior cases demonstrates that an absolute rule of retroaction prevails in the area of constitutional adjudication. However, we believe that the Constitution neither prohibits nor requires retrospective effect. As Justice Cardozo said, "We think the Federal Constitution has no voice upon the subject."


381 U.S. at 628-29, 85 S.Ct. at 1737 (footnotes omitted).


A further adjustment to the Court's approach to retroactivity came in Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719, 86 S.Ct. 1772, 16 L.Ed.2d 882 (1966). The Court there held that the rules established in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 84 S.Ct. 1758, 12 L.Ed.2d 977 (1964), and Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed.2d 694 (1966), would be available only to persons whose trial began after the date those decisions were handed down. Although the Court did not discuss at length its reason for not applying Escobedo or Miranda to cases pending on direct review, the Court did point out that:


Our holdings in Linkletter and Tehan were necessarily limited to convictions which had become final by the time Mapp and Griffin were rendered. Decisions prior to Linkletter and Tehan had already established without discussion that Mapp and Griffin applied to cases still on direct appeal at the time they were announced. On the other hand, apart from the application of the holdings in Escobedo and Miranda to the parties before the Court in those cases, the possibility of applying the decisions only prospectively is yet an open issue.


384 U.S. at 732, 86 S.Ct. at 1780 (emphasis added) (citations omitted).


The rule enunciated in Johnson, contrary to the implication in Bosler, suggested that the question of retroactivity, regardless of whether the court was reviewing a decision on direct appeal, was to be decided on an individual case basis. 384 U.S. at 733, 86 S.Ct. 1772.


Subsequently in Williams v. United States, 401 U.S. 646, 91 S.Ct. 1148, 28 L.Ed.2d 388 (1971), any uncertainty as to what the Supreme Court intended was removed. Williams, which was decided after Bosler, held the rule announced in Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752, 89 S.Ct. 2034, 23 L.Ed.2d 685 (1969), inapplicable to cases pending on direct appeal. The Court, citing Johnson v. New Jersey, supra, observed:


In Linkletter v. Walker we declined to give complete retroactive effect to the exclusionary rule of Mapp v. Ohio. Relying on prior cases, we firmly rejected the idea that all new interpretations of the Constitution must be considered always to have been the law and that prior constructions to the contrary must always be ignored. Since that time, we have held to the course that there is no inflexible constitutional rule requiring in all circumstances either absolute retroactivity or complete prospectivity for decisions construing the broad language of the Bill of Rights. Nor have we accepted as a dividing line the suggested distinction between cases on direct review and those arising on collateral attack. Rather we have proceeded to "weigh the merits and demerits in each case by looking to the prior history of the rule in question, its purpose and effect, and whether retrospective operation will further or retard its operation."


Both from the course of decision since Linkletter and from what has been said in this opinion, it should be clear that we find no constitutional difference between the applicability of Chimel to those prior convictions that are here on direct appeal and those involving collateral proceedings. Nor in constitutional terms is there any difference between state and federal prisoners insofar as retroactive application to their cases is concerned.


401 U.S. at 651-52, 656, 91 S.Ct. at 1151 (emphasis added) (citations omitted) (footnotes omitted).4 See also Gosa v. Mayden, 413 U.S. 665, 675-76, 93 S.Ct. 2926, 37 L.Ed.2d 873 (1973); Chapman v. United States, 547 F.2d 1240, 1246 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 431 U.S. 908, 97 S.Ct. 1705, 52 L.Ed.2d 393 (1977).


We therefore conclude that application of the per se rule of retroactivity in cases pending on direct appeal suggested in Bosler is not correct. Regardless of whether a case is pending on direct appeal at the time a new decision is decided or whether it comes to us on collateral attack, federal courts are directed to apply the Supreme Court's criteria in making the retroactivity decision.


The criteria for determining whether a decision should be applied retroactively are set out in Stovall v. Denno, 388 U.S. 293, 297, 87 S.Ct. 1967, 1970, 18 L.Ed.2d 1199 (1967).


The criteria guiding resolution of the question implicate (a) the purpose to be served by the new standards, (b) the extent of the reliance by law enforcement authorities on the old standards, and (c) the effect on the administration of justice of a retroactive application of the new standards.


See also Michigan v. Payne, 412 U.S. 47, 51, 93 S.Ct. 1966, 36 L.Ed.2d 736 (1973).


The California Supreme Court in People v. McDaniel, 16 Cal.3d 156, 127 Cal.Rptr. 467, 545 P.2d 843 (en banc), cert. denied, 429 U.S. 847, 97 S.Ct. 131, 50 L.Ed.2d 119 (1976), a unanimous decision, after applying the Stovall criteria, held that Faretta should not be applied retroactively even to cases pending on direct appeal.


In its consideration of the first criterion for retroactivity, the California Supreme Court stated:


(W)e discover that it is readily apparent that the purpose of the rule is to secure to an accused the personal freedom to choose how and by whom he will defend against a criminal charge. It is manifest from those portions of the Faretta opinion quoted above that compliance with the rule is not intended by the majority of the court in Faretta to enhance the reliability of the truth-determining or fact-finding process, as the majority anticipate and indeed concede, that such compliance will most likely have the directly opposite effect. When implementation of the new rules does not in some significant degree aid in the truth-determining process, little or no weight is added to the balance in favor of retroactive application as little or no prejudice in the trial itself is suffered by an accused whose guilt was determined without benefit of the new rule.


Id. at 473, 545 P.2d at 849.


We agree with the California Supreme Court's analysis. Since the purpose of the new rule is the paramount consideration in the Stovall test, see United States v. Peltier, 422 U.S. 531, 535-39, 95 S.Ct. 2313, 45 L.Ed.2d 374 (1975); Williams v. United States, supra, 401 U.S. at 653, 91 S.Ct. 1148; Rossum, New Rights and Old Wrongs: The Supreme Court and the Problem of Retroactivity, 23 Emory L.J. 381, 398 (1974), the determination that the purpose underlying Faretta was not to enhance the fact-finding process strongly suggests the rule should not be made retroactive.


The second criterion, justifiable reliance on past practices, also favors, though not strongly, non-retroactivity since Missouri practice had long recognized the decision to allow self-representation was within the discretion of the trial court.5 However, since only the few cases where direct review is pending would be affected by a decision applying Faretta retroactively, the second Stovall criterion does not significantly influence the outcome of this case.


Lastly, the California Supreme Court accurately noted in McDaniel that:


The final criterion, the effect of retroactive application of the Faretta rule upon the administration of justice, surely swings the scales heavily against retroactive application. Such application could require that convicted persons who unsuccessfully sought at trial to assert a right of self-representation be accorded a new trial wherein they might appear pro se.


127 Cal.Rptr. at 474, 545 P.2d at 850.


Given the foregoing analysis, we agree with the California Supreme Court that the Faretta rule should be applied only prospectively in those cases wherein the accused sought to assert the right of self-representation in a trial commenced after June 30, 1975, the date the Faretta decision was filed. See People v. McDaniel, supra at 474, 545 P.2d at 850. See also Houston v. Nelson, 404 F.Supp. 1108, 1115 (C.D.Cal.1975).


We therefore reverse the order of the district court granting the conditional writ of habeas corpus. The cause is remanded to the district court with directions to enter an order denying petitioner's claim and dismissing his petition.


Martin's first effort to obtain federal habeas corpus relief was dismissed by the district court on the grounds that he had failed to exhaust his state remedies. Petitioner thereafter sought post-conviction relief in both the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Missouri. The state, however, still maintains that the petitioner has failed to exhaust his remedies in the state court by not filing a motion to vacate the trial court's judgment. We assume without deciding that petitioner has properly exhausted available state remedies. See Wilwording v. Swenson, 404 U.S. 249, 250, 92 S.Ct. 407, 30 L.Ed.2d 418 (1971); Eaton v. Wyrick, 528 F.2d 477, 480 (8th Cir. 1975)


The issue of retroactivity is presented only when the rule established by a case breaks with past precedent; that is, when a "new" rule is proclaimed. See Desist v. United States, 394 U.S. 244, 247-48, 89 S.Ct. 1030, 22 L.Ed.2d 248 (1969). See also Note, Application of the "New Rule" Threshold Test Before Determining the Retroactivity of Almeida-Sanchez, 53 Tex.L.Rev. 586 (1975)


Although the precise issue of whether Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 81 S.Ct. 1684, 6 L.Ed.2d 1081 (1961), should be applied to cases pending on direct appeal was not before the Court in Linkletter v. Walker, 381 U.S. 618, 85 S.Ct. 1731, 14 L.Ed.2d 601 (1965), the Court in United States v. The Schooner Peggy, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 103, 2 L.Ed. 49 (1801), and later in Vandenbark v. Owens-Illinois Glass Co., 311 U.S. 538, 61 S.Ct. 347, 85 L.Ed. 327 (1941), had previously recognized the principle that if a change in statutory or decisional law occurred after trial but before the final appellate disposition of a case the newly enunciated law will govern the case


The rules of retroactivity are not applicable in a narrow area where a substantive criminal law has been changed by a new constitutional rule. Robinson v. Neil, 409 U.S. 505, 93 S.Ct. 876, 35 L.Ed.2d 29 (1973). One author has explained the impact of Robinson as follows:

In Robinson v. Neil Justice Rehnquist wrote a majority opinion holding Waller v. Florida, a double jeopardy case, fully retroactive. Speaking for the first time on the issue, he neither fully embraced nor wholly rejected the Court's non-retroactivity doctrine as it had evolved. While taking note of the criteria established in Linkletter and succeeding cases, he asserted that the instant case did not "readily (lend) itself to the analysis established in Linkletter. Certainly there is nothing in Linkletter or those cases following it to indicate that all rules and constitutional interpretations arising under the first eight amendments must be subjected to the analysis there enunciated." Those decisions, he said, all concerned "procedural rights and methods of conducting trials," and he concluded that their standard "is simply not appropriate" for "some non-procedural guarantees." Furman v. Georgia was cited as an example. Justice Rehnquist then applied his thesis to the case at bar:

The guarantee against double jeopardy is significantly different from procedural guarantees held in the Linkletter line of cases to have prospective effect only. While this guarantee, like the others, is a constitutional right of the criminal defendant, its practical result is to prevent a trial from taking place at all, rather than to prescribe procedural rules that govern the conduct of a trial.

Conceding that the distinction was not "an iron-clad one that will invariably result in the easy classification of cases in one category or the other," Justice Rehnquist determined that the jurisdictional character of the right at issue in Robinson plainly warranted retroactive application.

How significant is the apparent break from the Linkletter rationale in Robinson v. Neil ? Less important, it is suggested, than at first blush it might appear. The exception was probably implicit in the non-retroactivity doctrine from the beginning. "Substantive" rights protected by the Constitution which have continuing legal significance over a period of time so that a retroactivity/prospectivity issue is even pertinent would seem rare. And when a change in the law pertaining to such a substantive right happens at a time when the new rule can affect an as yet unsettled matter (as in the double jeopardy area), then retroactivity follows a fortiori. Actually, this is not in any proper sense retroactive application, for the matter remains open and unsettled; it is simply a choice of law question, and, where substantive constitutional rights are concerned, the sensible approach is to apply the current law. Of course, as Justice Rehnquist suggested, there will be cases that defy easy categorization. . . .

Beytagh, Ten Years of Non-Retroactivity: A Critique and a Proposal, 61 Va.L.Rev. 1557, 1585-86 (1975) (footnotes omitted).


See Mallamud, Prospective Limitation and the Rights of the Accused, 56 Iowa L.Rev. 321, 357 (1970)