Ex parte Smith
Ex parte Smith
1947 OK CR 85
184 P.2d 118
84 Okl.Cr. 446
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
1. Habeas Corpus--Writ Limited to Cases Where Judgment and Sentence Attacked Are Clearly Void. A writ of habeas corpus
cannot be used to perform the office of writ of error on appeal, but will be limited to cases in which judgment and sentence attacked are clearly void.
2. Same-Scope of Review by Criminal Court of Appeals. A petition for habeas corpus prepared by an inmate of the State Penitentiary will be liberally construed, and if it contains any allegations that by a reasonable inference indicate that inmate is illegally restrained of his liberty, Criminal Court of Appeals will assume original jurisdiction.
3. Same-Sole Question in Habeas Corpus Proceedings Whether Judgment Against Inmate was Void. The sole question in habeas corpus proceeding instituted by an inmate of the State Penitentiary under commitment of plea of guilty to a felony charge in a district court, is whether judgment pronounced against the inmate was void.
Habeas corpus proceeding by George Bullie Smith to secure release from the State Penitentiary. Writ denied.
George Bullie Smith, pro se.
Mac Q. Williamson, Atty. Gen., for respondent.
BAREFOOT, P. J. Petitioner, George Bullie Smith, has filed petition for habeas corpus, seeking his release from the State Penitentiary at McAlester, where he is confined by reason of a judgment and sentence entered in the district court of Kay county, Okla., on April 2, 1946, where he was convicted of the crime of attempt to murder, and sentenced to serve a term of 50 years in the State Penitentiary. Copies of the information, warrant and judgment and sentence are attached to his petition.
A rule to show cause was issued, and the hearing on the petition was set for June 11, 1947. No attorney appeared at such hearing, and no evidence was offered to sustain the petition filed in this case.
In the petition it is alleged that the petitioner was wrongfully convicted, and that he was forced to enter a plea of guilty.
We have carefully examined the petition and exhibits, and find nothing to show that the judgment and sentence entered was void, or that the court did not have full and complete jurisdiction.