Merrill Preston Harris, Appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Director, Division of Corrections, State of Florida, Appellee, 368 F.2d 840 (5th Cir. 1966)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 368 F.2d 840 (5th Cir. 1966) November 21, 1966

Earl Faircloth, Atty. Gen., T. T. Turnbull, Asst. Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, Fla., for appellee.

Before JONES, WISDOM and GOLDBERG, Circuit Judges.


On conflicting testimony the district court, in a hearing upon a petition for habeas corpus seeking relief from a state court conviction, held that there was no denial of any Constitutional right of the appellant. The Escobedo [Escobedo v. People of State of Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 84 S. Ct. 1758, 12 L. Ed. 2d 977] and Miranda [Miranda v. State of Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 16 L. Ed. 2d 694] doctrines were invoked. The trial commenced prior to the Escobedo decision and hence the principles announced there and in Miranda are inapplicable. The order of the district court is