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United States v. Maroney

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT


decided: June 21, 1968.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EX REL. EDWARD JOHN NOWAKOWSKI, APPELLANT,
v.
JAMES F. MARONEY, SUPERINTENDENT, STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

Hastie, Chief Judge, and Kalodner and Staley, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

Opinion OF THE COURT

The terms of the Supreme Court's remand of this habeas corpus proceeding to us make it seem appropriate that we now decide this appeal on its merits, 386 U.S. 542, 87 S. Ct. 1197, 18 L. Ed. 2d 282, despite a serious question of appellate jurisdiction that is presented by the record.*fn1

The appellant's principal contention is that his now challenged state conviction was obtained in a proceeding in which he did not have the effective assistance of counsel. The able presentation of this claim by presently assigned counsel has not convinced us that representation here fell short of constitutional requirements.

Defense counsel had a week or ten days after his appointment in which to prepare for trial. The district court found that counsel had visited and consulted with his client at least once during Nowakowski's pretrial incarceration. The district court also reviewed in some detail the course of the trial and concluded that the conduct of the defense satisfied the constitutional requirement of adequate representation. Our independent study of the record leads us to sustain that finding and conclusion.

The judgment will be affirmed.

Disposition

Affirmed.


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