Marvin E. Barnett, Petitioner-appellant, v. Mack H. Alford, Warden and the Attorney General of the Stateof Oklahoma, Respondents-appellees, 635 F.2d 820 (10th Cir. 1981)

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US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - 635 F.2d 820 (10th Cir. 1981) Submitted on the briefs pursuant to Tenth Circuit Rule 9,Jan. 14, 1981

Appeal from the United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, (D. C. No. 78-1006-D).

Marvin E. Barnett, pro se.

Jan Eric Cartwright, Atty. Gen., and Carol Elaine Alexander, Asst. Atty. Gen., the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okl., for respondents-appellees.

Before SETH, Chief Judge, PICKETT and McWILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


After examining the briefs and the appellate record, this three-judge panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not be of material assistance in the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); Tenth Circuit R. 10(e). The cause is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument.

Appellant, a state prisoner, sought federal habeas corpus relief contending that his 1965 conviction for murder was invalid because he had been denied the effective assistance of counsel. Specifically, he claimed that privately retained counsel "failed and refused" to perfect a direct appeal of the conviction.

Relying on our earlier decision in Plaskett v. Page, 439 F.2d 770 (10th Cir. 1971), the district court denied relief and dismissed. We affirmed. The Supreme Court vacated our judgment and remanded for further consideration in light of Cuyler v. Sullivan, 446 U.S. 335, 100 S. Ct. 1708, 64 L. Ed. 2d 333 (1980).

In Plaskett, we held that the failure of retained counsel to perfect an appeal in a criminal case was not a ground for federal habeas corpus relief. See also Marsh v. United States, 435 F. Supp. 426 (W.D.Okl.1976), aff'd, Unpublished No. 76-1341 (10th Cir. filed June 6, 1977). Implicit in Plaskett is a suggestion that sixth amendment representational standards for retained and appointed counsel are different. However, the Supreme Court has made it clear that there is no basis for this kind of distinction. To that extent Cuyler plainly overruled Plaskett. We now, of course, adhere to the rule announced in Cuyler.

To facilitate review of Barnett's claim under the new standard, we vacate the district court's judgment and remand the matter for such further proceedings as the district court deems appropriate.

Appellant's application for writ of habeas corpus which was filed directly in this court seeking immediate release is denied. See Fed. R. App. P. 22(a).

The judgment is vacated and the matter remanded. The mandate shall issue forthwith.