Moten v. Kelley (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
After a bench trial, Appellant was found guilty of first- and second-degree battery. Appellant appealed, arguing that he was denied the right to a trial by jury. The court of appeals affirmed, holding that Appellant knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waived that right. Appellant later filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and for declaratory judgment, arguing that the trial court lacked jurisdiction in his case because he was not afforded a trial by jury. The circuit court dismissed the petition with respect to the claims for declaratory judgment and denied the petition as to the claims for a writ of habeas corpus. Appellant appealed the denial of his petition for habeas corpus. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that, as Appellant failed to establish that the judgment was invalid on its face or that the trial court lacked jurisdiction in his case, he did not state a ground for a writ of habeas corpus.