387 F2d 362 United States Conard v. F Maroney

387 F.2d 362

UNITED STATES of America ex rel. Verle G. CONARD, Appellant,
James F. MARONEY, Superintendent of the State Correctional
Institution at Pittsburgh.

No. 16594.

United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit.

Submitted on Briefs Nov. 6, 1967.
Decided Dec. 13, 1967.

Verle G. Conard, pro se.

Ralph J. Althouse, Asst. Dist. Atty., W. Richard Eshelman, Dist. Atty., Reading, Pa., for appellee.

Before STALEY, Chief Judge, and KALODNER and FORMAN, Circuit Judges.



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In the instant case the District Court denied, without hearing, the appellant's petition for writ of habeas corpus which asserted claims that he was denied due process in these respects: (1) he was arrested without a warrant; (2) there was a delay in granting him an immediate preliminary hearing; (3) he was cross-examined at his trial as to prior convictions; (4) the trial judge refused to grant him a continuance to enable him to present alibi testimony; and (5) he was not, at his State trial, afforded right of confrontation of witnesses.


The District Court in its opinion, held that the appellant had failed to allege facts showing that the police lacked probable cause for his arrest without a warrant, or that he had been prejudiced by delay in granting him a preliminary hearing, at which he was represented by counsel.


It also found that the appellant had not sought post-conviction review of his asserted right of confrontation under the post-conviction remedy afforded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 19 P.S. 1180-2.


The Superior Court of Pennsylvania in Commonwealth v. Conard, 206 Pa. Super. 33, 211 A.2d 14 (1965), after exhaustive discussion of the appellant's first four claims found that they were without factual or legal merit. The District Court did not err in coming to the same conclusion.


Further, the District Court did not err in holding that the appellant is required to exhaust the available Pennsylvania post-conviction remedy with respect to any constitutional claims which he may desire to present before he is entitled to federal habeas corpus relief.


For the reasons stated the Order of the District Court denying the writ to habeas corpus will be affirmed.