United States of America, Appellee, v. Dennis Lloyd Pardee, Appellant, 356 F.2d 982 (4th Cir. 1966)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 356 F.2d 982 (4th Cir. 1966) Argued February 8, 1966
Decided February 10, 1966

Arthur G. Murphy, Asst. U. S. Atty., in support of motion of appellee to dismiss appeal.

Anthony J. Sacco, Towson, Md., in opposition to motion, for the appellant.

Before HAYNSWORTH, Chief Judge, and SOBELOFF and BOREMAN, Circuit Judges.


Out of an excess of caution counsel for the defendant noted two appeals to this court — one at the time of trial upon the overruling of his motions for new trial and judgment of acquittal, and the other within ten days after the imposition of sentence and the entry of final judgment, as provided in Rule 37(a) (2) F.R.Crim. P.

The proliferation of notices of appeal is to be discouraged. The first notice of appeal was premature, no appealable final judgment having been entered. The second notice of appeal, given after final judgment, is sufficient to raise every question arising from the trial. The motion of the United States for dismissal of the first notice will be granted, and the appeal will proceed pursuant to the second notice.