Willie Ben Mccrary, Petitioner-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Director, Division of Corrections,state of Florida, Respondent-appellee, 451 F.2d 360 (5th Cir. 1971)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 451 F.2d 360 (5th Cir. 1971)

Nov. 9, 1971

Willie B. McCrary, pro se.

Robert Shevin, Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, Fla., Charles Corces, Jr., Asst. Atty. Gen., Tampa, Fla., for respondent-appellee.

Before GEWIN, GOLDBERG and DYER, Circuit Judges.


This is an appeal from an order of the District Court denying the petition of a Florida state prisoner for the writ of habeas corpus. We affirm.

McCrary is serving a 25 year sentence for armed robbery, having been convicted upon trial by jury. No direct appeal was taken. A motion to vacate sentence filed in the state trial court pursuant to Fla.R.Crim.P. 1.850, 33 F.S.A., was denied after an evidentiary hearing and affirmed on appeal. McCrary v. State, Fla.App.1969, 220 So. 2d 445.

The single issue before the court below was whether the prosecution knowingly used perjured testimony to obtain a conviction. McCrary alleged that the state prosecuting attorney promised McCrary's co-defendant a probated sentence and paid him five dollars to testify that McCrary participated in the crime. This same issue was the subject of the evidentiary hearing in the state court at which the prosecutor testified that he paid no money and made no promises to obtain the co-defendant's testimony. McCrary offered the testimony of the codefendant in support of his allegations. The state court found no credible testimony to support McCrary's allegations. The United States District Court found that McCrary was afforded a full and fair state hearing and adopted the state court's findings as its own.

The District Court is not required to hold a second evidentiary hearing in these circumstances. Ryan v. Wainwright, 5 Cir. 1970, 424 F.2d 198.

A review of the record, including the transcript of the state evidentiary hearing, reveals no clear error in the findings of the District Court. 28 U.S.C.A. Sec. 2254. The judgment below is



Rule 18, 5 Cir.; see Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5 Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I