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State v. Brunetti

Decided: March 8, 1971.

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
EUGENE BRUNETTI, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



Goldmann, Leonard and Fritz. The opinion of the court was delivered by Goldmann, P.J.A.D.

Goldmann

Defendant appeals from sentences entered on guilty pleas to two indictments charging him with illegal possession of heroin and illegal sale of marijuana, both under N.J.S.A. 24:18-4, arguing that the sentences should be vacated. We affirm.

Defendant was charged in October 1969 under indictment 76-69S with illegal possession of heroin and illegal sale of heroin to one Bond, an undercover agent, on May 31, 1969. He was charged the same day under indictment 77-69S with illegal possession of heroin on June 5, 1969.

On March 4, 1970 he retracted his original pleas of not guilty and pleaded guilty to the heroin sale count of 76-69S and to 77-69S. When the pleas were about to be accepted, the prosecuting attorney advised the trial judge there were additional charges pending against defendant, but that the grand jury had not yet returned indictments. The trial judge commented, "that is not before me." And when defense counsel later on told the judge he had spoken to the assistant prosecutor that morning and mentioned hearing that other indictments might be in the offing, the judge again said, "That is not before me." Counsel continued in a critical vein, stating that the assistant prosecutor told him he did not know much about any other charges pending against defendant -- "[he] shrugged his shoulders with the attitude that he knew nothing of them. Now he does know of it." The judge again commented, "I am not interested in that."

The following day, March 5, 1970, defendant was charged under indictment 362-69J with illegal possession of marijuana and illegal sale of marijuana to one Perozzi, another state agent, on May 20, 1969, and under indictment 363-69J

with illegal possession of heroin and illegal sale of heroin to Perozzi on June 1, 1969.

On April 10, 1970 defendant appeared for sentencing on the two original indictments and was sentenced to 2-3 years in State Prison and fined $300 on each indictment. The prison sentences were suspended and defendant placed on probation for concurrent three-year terms.

A month later, on May 7, 1970, defendant retracted his not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to the marijuana sale count of 362-69J and the possession of heroin count of 363-69J.

On June 5, 1970 the same judge who had presided at all the prior proceedings sentenced defendant to 2-3 years in State Prison and fined him $300 on each of indictments 362-69J and 363-69J, the sentences to run consecutively. In addition, he amended the earlier sentences of April 10, 1970 to reduce the fine in each instance from $300 to $25. Defendant appeals the June 5 sentences.

Defendant argues that all charges and indictments against him should have been consolidated, and the failure of the the State to do so was a denial of his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. He relies on Dickey v. Florida , 398 U.S. 30, 90 S. Ct. 1564, 26 L. Ed. 2d 26 (1970).

It is defendant's theory that the trial judge, acting upon defense counsel's representations at the March 4, 1970 hearing, should have postponed the hearing until all relevant matters were before the court. He implies that he was prejudiced by the return of new indictments the day after he pleaded guilty to the earlier ones, especially where all the indictments cover a two-week period of time.

Defendant's reliance on Dickey is misplaced. In that case the accused was not tried until some seven years after the crime, although the State was aware of his whereabouts during that entire period. He had repeatedly and unsuccessfully petitioned the State to secure a day certain for his trial. The Supreme Court vacated his ...


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