Gerard P. Schneider, Appellant, v. the People of the State of California, Appellee, 427 F.2d 1178 (9th Cir. 1970)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 427 F.2d 1178 (9th Cir. 1970) June 19, 1970
Rehearing Denied September 1, 1970

Gerard P. Schneider in pro. per.

Robert Lederman (argued) Deputy Atty. Gen., Thomas C. Lynch, Atty. Gen., Los Angeles, Cal., for appellee.

Before HUFSTEDLER and TRASK, Circuit Judges, and POWELL,*  District Judge.


Appellant Schneider petitioned the District Court, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1443, for removal to that court of a criminal prosecution pending against him in the Municipal Court for the County of Los Angeles, California. The District Court remanded the action to the state court because of appellant's apparent failure to comply with a District Court order that he file proof that he had served a copy of his petition for removal on the State of California. Schneider now appeals from the order remanding his action.

Upon examination of the record, we conclude that appellant fully complied with the District Court's order, and that the District Court had jurisdiction of the matter.

Proceeding to the merits of the petition, we determine that appellant is not entitled to relief. He alleges that the California state statute under which he has been prosecuted violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by permitting "different punishments for the same acts, committed under the same circumstances, by persons in like situation." Nothing in the Constitution requires that persons convicted of the same crime receive identical penalties.

"All murderers do not die, nor is every speeder arrested, or if fined, fined a similar amount. Disparity of sentences is the subject of much discussion these days but no one has suggested that the discretion of the trial judge as to the sentences to be given in all cases should be eliminated."

Marcella v. United States, 285 F.2d 322, 324 (9th Cir. 1960), cert. denied, 366 U.S. 911, 81 S. Ct. 1085, 6 L. Ed. 2d 235 (1961). See also Miller v. Gladden, 341 F.2d 972, 977 (9th Cir. 1965). Cf. Williams v. Oklahoma, 358 U.S. 576, 585-586, 79 S. Ct. 421, 3 L. Ed. 2d 516 (1959).

The order of the District Court remanding the case to the state court is affirmed.


Hon. Charles L. Powell, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, sitting by designation