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State of New Jersey v. Salaam Reid

December 5, 2011

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
SALAAM REID, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal form the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Hudson County, Indictment No. 03-10-1173.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted November 14, 2011

Before Judges A. A. Rodriguez and Fasciale.

Defendant appeals from a February 27, 2009 order denying his petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). He contends that: the factual basis for his plea is inadequate; his plea counsel was ineffective because counsel forced and allowed him to plead guilty; and his sentence was illegal. We disagree and affirm.

On October 2, 2003, defendant pled guilty to first-degree carjacking, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, in exchange for a twelve-year prison term pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2. At the plea hearing, defendant testified as follows:

Court: Have you had enough time to discuss your case, its facts and circumstances as well as your rights and any defenses you might have to [the charge of first-degree carjacking] with your lawyer before deciding to plead guilty?

Defendant: Yes, sir.

Court: Has anyone forced you or threatened you or put any kind of pressure on you to get you to give up your rights and make you plead guilty?

Defendant: No, sir.

Court: Has anyone made any promises to you . . . to get you to give up your rights and make you plead guilty?

Defendant: No, sir.

Court: And you fully understand the deal that you're making with the [S]tate? ...


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