State v. Fair

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502 P.2d 1150 (1972)

STATE of Oregon, Respondent, v. Boyce Gail FAIR, Petitioner.

Supreme Court of Oregon, In Banc.

Argued and Submitted June 7, 1972.

Decided November 10, 1972.

J. Marvin Kuhn, Deputy Public Defender, Salem, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief was Gary D. Babcock; Public Defender.

Al J. Laue, Asst. Atty. Gen., Salem, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Lee Johnson, Atty. Gen., and John W. Osborn, Sol. Gen.

McALLISTER, Justice.

Petitioner was first charged with burglary not in a dwelling.[1] The indictment alleged that he broke and entered a certain motel on January 19, 1971, with the intent to commit larceny therein. At the trial on the burglary charge, after the state had rested its case, petitioner moved for a judgment of acquittal. The motion was granted and a judgment of acquittal was entered on the ground that the state's evidence would not support a verdict of guilty. Although the record of the burglary trial was not introduced in evidence in this case, it appears from reported discussion among court and counsel that the motion for judgment of acquittal was made on the specific ground that the evidence showed that the motel was a dwelling and that if the petitioner had committed burglary it was burglary in a dwelling.[2]

After petitioner was acquitted on the first charge he was indicted for larceny by an indictment alleging the theft of a television set from the same motel on the same date as that alleged in the burglary indictment. Petitioner entered a plea of former jeopardy, which was rejected by the trial court. Petitioner was then found guilty by the jury of the larceny charge and appealed. The Court of Appeals affirmed. State v. *1151 Fair, Or. App., 94 Adv.Sh. 298, 493 P.2d 182 (1972).[3]

As the burglary and larceny charges both arose out of the same transaction, this case poses the question of the retroactivity of our decision in State v. Brown, 94 Or.Adv. Sh. 1591, 497 P.2d 1191 (1972). In State v. Clifton, 240 Or. 378, 401 P.2d 697 (1965) we said that no question of retroactivity arose in a case which had not been finally disposed of on appeal at the time the new rule was announced. In later cases, however, we have abondoned that principle, and have closely followed the retroactivity rules adopted by the United States Supreme Court. In Linkletter v. Walker, 381 U.S. 618, 85 S. Ct. 1731, 14 L. Ed. 2d 601 (1965) and in Tehan v. United States ex rel. Shott, 382 U.S. 406, 86 S. Ct. 459, 15 L. Ed. 2d 453 (1966), the Supreme Court assumed, as we did in Clifton, that a decision which was not applied retroactively nevertheless applied to cases which had not been finally disposed of at the time it was announced. A short time later, however, the Supreme Court decided Johnson v. New Jersey, 384 U.S. 719, 86 S. Ct. 1772, 16 L. Ed. 2d 882 (1966), in which it held that the rules announced in Escobedo v. Illinos, 378 U.S. 478, 84 S. Ct. 1758, 12 L. Ed. 2d 977 (1964) and Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S. Ct. 1602, 16 L. Ed. 2d 694, 10 A.L.R.3d 974 (1966) would apply only to trials which began after the dates of those decisions.

Since Johnson the Supreme Court has continued to specify exactly when new rules should take effect. In Stovall v. Denno, 388 U.S. 293, 87 S. Ct. 1967, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1199 (1967) it held that the "lineup" rules announced in Gilbert v. California, 388 U.S. 263, 87 S. Ct. 1951, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1178 (1967) and United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218, 87 S. Ct. 1926, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1149 (1967) would apply only to lineups which took place after the date of those decisions. In Desist v. United States, 394 U.S. 244, 89 S. Ct. 1030, 22 L. Ed. 2d 248 (1969) the Court held that Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 88 S. Ct. 507, 19 L. Ed. 2d 576 (1967) extending the prohibition on electronic surveillance without a warrant to cases in which no physical intrusion was involved, would apply only to cases in which the prosecution sought to introduce the fruits of its eaves-dropping into evidence after the date of the Katz decision. In Williams v. United States, 401 U.S. 646, 91 S. Ct. 1148, 28 L. Ed. 2d 388 (1971) it held that Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752, 89 S. Ct. 2034, 23 L. Ed. 2d 685 (1969) would apply only to searches conducted after Chimel was decided.

In Johnson the Supreme Court said:

"* * * Of course, States are still entirely free to effectuate under their own law stricter standards than those we have laid down and to apply those standards in a broader range of cases than is required by this decision." 384 U.S. at 733, 86 S. Ct. at 1781, 16 L. Ed. 2d at 892.

For the most part, however, we have followed the lead of the Supreme Court's decisions on retroactivity. We have applied Miranda according to the formula in Johnson,[4] and have followed Stovall v. Denno, supra, in deciding the retroactivity of the lineup cases.[5] We made an exception, however, in our application of the principles of Escobedo v. Illinois, supra. We were first called upon to determine the retroactivity of Escobedo before the Supreme Court had spoken. We held, relying on Linkletter and Tehan, supra, that Escobedo would apply only to cases which had not been finally disposed of on the date Escobedo *1152 was decided.[6] After the Supreme Court in Johnson v. New Jersey, supra, adopted a more restrictive rule, in Escobedo cases we continued to apply our own rule.[7] Recently, however, in State v. Evans, 258 Or. 437, 483 P.2d 1300 (1971), we conformed our rule in Escobedo cases to that applied by the Supreme Court and overruled our earlier cases.

In Bouge v. Reed, 254 Or. 418, 459 P.2d 869 (1969) we again had to decide the question of the retroactivity of a federally guaranteed right without the guidance of a Supreme Court determination. We relied on criteria set out in Johnson v. New Jersey, supra, in making that determination. We held in Bouge that the procedural requirements of Kent v. United States, 383 U.S. 541, 86 S. Ct. 1045, 16 L. Ed. 2d 84 (1966), which involved remands from juvenile court to adult court, would not be applied retroactively. We indicated in dictum that we would apply Kent only to remands which took place after Kent was decided.

We may draw two conclusions from our recent decisions on retroactivity. First, we are free to choose the degree of retroactivity or prospectivity which we believe appropriate to the particular rule under consideration, so long as we give federal constitutional rights at least as broad a scope as the United States Supreme Court requires. Secondly, we have tended to restrict the retroactive application of newly-announced rights, giving them only the application which the Supreme Court has adopted as a minimum. In the present case since we are dealing with a new principle of law which rests entirely on our own Constitution the determination of retroactivity or prospectivity is for us alone. The decisions of the United States Supreme Court are not binding on us, but we may look to those cases for guidance.

The Supreme Court has summarized the criteria it employs in deciding questions of retroactivity as follows:

"* * * (a) the purpose to be served by the new standards, (b) the extent of the reliance by law enforcement authorities on the old standards, and (c) the effect on the administration of justice of a retroactive application of the new standards. * * *" Stovall v. Denno, supra, 388 U.S. at 297, 87 S. Ct. at 1970, 18 L. Ed. 2d at 1203.

The first question is whether the new rule substantially enhances the reliability of the determination of guilt. This is a matter of degree. Johnson v. New Jersey, supra, 384 U.S. 719, 86 S. Ct. 1772, 16 L. Ed. 2d at 889. If the new rule is not central to the fact-finding process, other factors are considered. This approach was described in Williams v. United States, 401 U.S. at 653, 91 S. Ct. at 1152, supra, 28 L.Ed.2d at 395:

"Where the major purpose of new constitutional doctrine is to overcome an aspect of the criminal trial that substantially impairs its truth-finding function and so raises serious questions about the accuracy of guilty verdicts in past trials, the new rule has been given complete retroactive effect. Neither good-faith reliance by state or federal authorities on prior constitutional law or accepted practice, nor severe impact on the administration of justice has sufficed to require prospective application in these circumstances. "It is quite different where the purpose of the new constitutional standard proscribing the use of certain evidence or a particular mode of trial is not to minimize or avoid arbitrary or unreliable results but to serve other ends. In these situations the new doctrine raises no question about the guilt of defendants convicted in prior trials. * * *"

*1153 Our decision in Brown, requiring that the state join in a single proceeding all charges arising out of a single act or transaction, has little to do with the reliability of the determination of guilt. The guarantee against double jeopardy, and our implementation of that guarantee in Brown, are concerned primarily with protection of the accused from unnecessary harassment and from the burden of having to defend repeatedly against substantially the same evidence. We also considered the policy of finality in litigation. The purpose of the new rule was to require prosecutors to join, in the first instance, all available charges which they wish to prosecute, so that guilt or innocence can be finally determined in a single proceeding and so that the accused will not have to bear the burden of a series of prosecutions based on a single criminal episode.

Before we decided Brown prosecutors were not charged with notice that they must join in a single proceeding all charges arising out of the same act or transaction. They were entitled to assume that the "same evidence" test permitted some latitude in bringing successive charges arising out of the same act or transaction if the first charge was aborted because of prosecutorial error. Under those circumstances we think the state should have a reasonable opportunity to conform its procedure to the new rule announced in Brown. We conclude, therefore, that State v. Brown should not be applied retroactively.

It remains to decide when Brown should become effective. The prosecutor's opportunity to join multiple charges in a single proceeding is irrevocably cut off at the beginning of the first prosecution arising out of a particular act or transaction. Once the first trial has begun, the prosecutor is powerless to consolidate charges for trial or to resubmit an indictment to the grand jury for the addition of further charges. This consideration points to the beginning of the first trial as the appropriate point for determining the application of the new rule.

We could give greater effect to the policy of Brown by applying it in cases in which the second, or subsequent, prosecution began after the date of that decision. This would protect defendants who have already undergone one prosecution from facing another arising out of a single course of conduct, but would do so at the expense of the state's interest in convicting and punishing offenders for all of their crimes. On balance, we believe the best solution is to make Brown applicable only when the prosecution upon which a former jeopardy claim is based began after May 24, 1972, the date Brown was decided.

Petitioner's conviction must be affirmed.

O'CONNELL, Chief Justice (specially concurring).

I concur in the principal opinion but I write separately to call attention to a problem in the present case which deserves consideration by the legislature.

The state found it necessary to charge defendant with the crime of larceny because the original proceeding in which defendant was charged with burglary culminated in a judgment of acquittal and there were no further steps open to the state to keep the burglary charge alive so that defendant's guilt or innocence on that charge could be determined. The original proceeding ended as it did simply because the district attorney, in drafting the indictment, decided that a motel did not come within the legal classification of a dwelling. The trial court found this to be error and in effect found a variance between the proof and the indictment. The state would have found itself faced with the same problem if the indictment had charged burglary in a dwelling and the trial court had erroneously decided that a motel was not a dwelling. In such a case the state would have no avenue by which to correct the error because the state would not, under existing statutes, be entitled to appeal from the trial court's ruling.

These procedural obstacles can be removed by expanding the state's right to appeal *1154 and by adopting more liberal rules with respect to the amendment of indictments to conform to the proof. There should be legislation to accomplish both of these objectives.[1] If this step is not taken, we perpetuate in Oregon rules of criminal procedure under which an accused is permitted to go free because of a legal error in the course of the proceedings even though his guilt or innocence has not been passed upon by the jury.[2]

BRYSON, Justice (specially concurring).

The defendant stole a color television set from the Truck Ranch Motel, Pendleton, Oregon. He was first tried by a jury for burglary not in a dwelling, ORS 164.240. After the parties rested, the court entered a judgment of acquittal because he determined the motel was a dwelling. The defendant was then, in the case at bar, charged with grand larceny of the television set, ORS 164.310. The jury found the defendant guilty.

The crime of larceny requires proof of additional and different material facts or evidence than those required for conviction of the charge of burglary not in a dwelling. In accordance with the reasoning stated in my dissenting opinion in State v. Brown, 94 Or.Adv.Sh. 1591, 497 P.2d 1191 (1972), I do not reach the question of retroactivity of the rule laid down by the majority in Brown. I would hold defendant's conviction of grand larceny to be valid.

Notwithstanding the above, I concur with Mr. Justice McAllister's opinion wherein it is stated that the rule laid down in Brown should be applicable "only when the prosecution upon which a former jeopardy claim is based began after May 24, 1972, the date Brown was decided."


[1] ORS 164.240 repealed, Oregon Laws 1971, ch. 743, § 432.

[2] ORS 164.230 repealed, Oregon Laws 1971, ch. 743, § 432.

[3] The Court of Appeals' opinion recites that petitioner was "convicted" of the burglary, and that the conviction was thereafter "nullified" by the trial court. This statement appears to be in error; so far as we can determine, as stated above, the trial court granted an acquittal at the close of the state's case in chief, and the burglary charge was never submitted to a jury.

[4] State v. Allen, 248 Or. 376, 434 P.2d 740 (1967); State v. Dills; Stice, 244 Or. 188, 416 P.2d 651 (1966).

[5] State v. Thompson, 253 Or. 430, 452 P.2d 754, 455 P.2d 179 (1969).

[6] Guse v. Gladden, 243 Or. 406, 414 P.2d 317 (1966); Elliott v. Gladden, 244 Or. 134, 411 P.2d 287 (1966).

[7] Haynes v. Cupp, 253 Or. 566, 456 P.2d 490 (1969); see, also, North v. Cupp, 254 Or. 451, 461 P.2d 271 (1969).

[1] The suggestion for liberalizing the rules for amending indictments would not require legislation. However if this court undertook the task of modernizing the rules of amending indictments, it would be necessary for us to repudiate some of our previous decisions, for example, State v. Russell, 231 Or. 317, 372 P.2d 770 (1962) and State v. Moyer, 76 Or. 396, 149 P. 84 (1915).

[2] For a more specific treatment of the problem, see Mooreland, Modern Criminal Procedure, ch. 19 (1959); Orfield, Criminal Procedure from Arrest to Appeal, pp. 233-247 (1947); Comment, Criminal Law Double Jeopardy Appeals by Prosecution, 9 U.Det.L.J. 93 (1946); Miller, Appeals by the State in Criminal Cases, 36 Yale L.J. 486 (1927); Steffen, Concerning Double Jeopardy and the New Rules, 7 Fed.B.J. 86 (1945); Statutory Implementation of Double Jeopardy Clauses: New Life for a Constitutional Guarantee, 65 Yale L.J. 339 (1955); Kirchheimer, The Act, The Offense and Double Jeopardy, 58 Yale L.J. 513 (1949); Hall, Objectives of Federal Criminal Procedural Revision, 51 Yale L.J. 723 (1942); Note, Criminal Law Amendment of Indictment Variance, 37 Yale L.J. 383 (1928).