State v. Wilson

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State v. Wilson
1980 OK 40
612 P.2d 256
Decided: 03/18/1980
Supreme Court of Oklahoma

STATE OF OKLAHOMA, PETITIONER,
v.
THE HONORABLE ALMA WILSON, DISTRICT JUDGE, 21ST JUDICIAL DISTRICT, CLEVELAND COUNTY, RESPONDENT.

Application by Petitioner, Honorable Jan Eric Cartwright, Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma, for mandamus to the Honorable Alma Wilson, District Judge, 21st Judicial District, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, denied.

JURISDICTION ASSUMED: WRIT DENIED.

Jan Eric Cartwright, Atty. Gen. of Okl., C. Elaine Alexander, Asst. Atty. Gen., Oklahoma City, for petitioner.

Kay E. Huff, Dist. Atty., Ross N. Lillard III, Asst. Dist. Atty., Norman, for respondent.

DOOLIN, Justice:

[612 P.2d 257]

¶1 This Court has no authority to order payment for a transcript or record sought by an indigent party seeking relief by federal habeas corpus. The indigent seeks no state remedy, but federal relief from an enhanced or increased sentence by virtue of an unconstitutional state statute, 10 O.S.Supp. 1969 § 1101 , declared so in Bromley v. Crisp, 561 F.2d 313 (10th Cir. 1977) cert. den. 435 U.S. 908, 98 S. Ct. 1458, 55 L. Ed. 2d 499 (1978) and Edwards v. State, 591 P.2d 313 (Okl. 1979).

¶2 Whether a full transcript, record or other indicia (28 U.S.C. § 2254) of the hearing held by the District Court of Cleveland County in the instant case pursuant to the valid order of the United States Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, is necessary, is a federal question which we are willing to leave for determination by the United States Courts.

¶3 JURISDICTION ASSUMED: WRIT DENIED.

¶4 All the Justices concur.

Footnotes:

1 A similar resolution may be found in Ross v. Moffitt, 417 U.S. 600, 94 S. Ct. 2437, 41 L. Ed. 2d 341 (1974). Mr. Justice Rehnquist therein held because review by certiorari in the United States Supreme Court is conferred by federal statutes, the state is not required to provide counsel to an indigent petitioning to that Court, even though it initiated the prosecution leading to the sought after review.