United States Ex Rel. Stanley Kulis, Relator-appellant, v. Vincent R. Mancusi, Warden of Attica Prison, Attica, New York, Respondent-appellee, 383 F.2d 405 (2d Cir. 1967)

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US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit - 383 F.2d 405 (2d Cir. 1967) Argued June 12, 1967
Decided July 14, 1967
Certiorari Denied November 6, 1967

See 88 S. Ct. 305.

Appeal from an order of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York (John C. Henderson, J.) denying appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Bartholomew J. Rebore, Forest Hills, N. Y., for relator-appellant.

Barry Mahoney, Asst. Atty. Gen. (Louis J. Lefkowitz, Atty. Gen. of State of New York, Samuel A. Hirshowitz, First Asst. Atty. Gen., Brenda Soloff, Asst. Atty. Gen., on the brief), for respondent-appellee.

Before HAYS and FEINBERG, Circuit Judges, and McLEAN, District Judge.* 


There is little that we wish to add to the opinion of Judge Henderson in the district court (272 F. Supp. 261 (N.D. N.Y.1967)). Our decision in United States v. Curry, 358 F.2d 904 (2d Cir. 1965), cert. denied, 385 U.S. 873, 87 S. Ct. 147, 17 L. Ed. 2d 100 (1966), covers this case. It is suggested that the rule which we there adopted, i. e., that a statement taken from a defendant in violation of his right to counsel may be used to impeach his trial testimony on matters collateral to the ultimate issue of guilt, has been overruled by a dictum in Miranda v. State of Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 477, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 16 L. Ed. 2d 694 (1966). The Supreme Court there said that "statements merely intended to be exculpatory by the defendant are often used to impeach his testimony at trial * * *. These statements are incriminating in any meaningful sense of the word and may not be used without the full warnings and effective waiver required for any other statement."

It is a sufficient answer, as far as this case is concerned, to point out that Miranda applies only to trials begun after June 13, 1966. Johnson v. State of New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719, 86 S. Ct. 1772, 16 L. Ed. 2d 882 (1966). The trial in the present case was held in December 1964.

The order is affirmed.


Of the Southern District of New York, sitting by designation